People that use (…) instead of (,) or (.)
Sentences just don’t seem to flow as well… when you use three dots… instead of a comma… do you think it makes you look intelligent… not sure if its laziness or something else… maybe someone can explain to me, but it is a bit worrying the way punctuation has gone to pot with a lot of people. Spelling and grammar is bad enough these days, without having terrible punctuation too.
Only a small thing and I know I’ll probably get lots of people thinking I’m trying to be a troll or something like that.Posted 4 years agotazzymtbMember
I have to admit to doing that now and then. Its an old form of script writing to inform the reader of natural pauses and nuances within within spoken communication, to give the cadence of speech. I don’t believe my punctuation had gone to pot as I manage to somehow write legal and technical reports without ballsing it up too badly.Posted 4 years agotiggs121Member
I…em….sometimes use it to indicate a longer pause than a comma suggests. I suppose a colon or a semi-colon would more appropriate……………..or would it?
Good point though.
Are you an English teacher? If you are please don’t whine about your workload: we have had enough of that already!Posted 4 years agomattbeeSubscriber
I use it in messages now and again when I’m implying that there’s something more to come after a pause…
But I rarely follow up with anything. Misuse of punctuation scale shows this being several hundred times less annoying than the top spot, the grocer’s apostrophe.Posted 4 years agoRusty ShacklefordMember
I use it all the time…it’s a sort of conversational thing with me, perhaps to indicate a pause longer than a comma…perhaps not.
Do I think it makes me look more intelligent? Certainly not…I don’t think I’m fooling anyone on that count. It’s certainly not laziness…I mean, it takes 3 times more effort than a comma!
Much as I admire your drive to improve grammar on the forum, I think your efforts are misplaced…much like the question mark around these parts?Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
Multiple exclamation marks are my outrage of choice. I’m looking at you, OP…
PS Not really, it’s all colloquial innit?!?Posted 4 years agoShibbolethMember
The semicolon is the preferred indication of a pause; surely?
Google what a semi-colon is actually for. It’s a very useful punctuation mark but if has very strict usage rules.
It’s not – as the name might suggest – just a watered down colon.
Let’s call the whole thing off.Posted 4 years ago
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