If I'm writing a dialog and my character get interrupted and cut off in the middle of a sentence can I write half a word and put three dots? I thought it was okay to do this, but I realized that I haven't seen this in published book (or I don't remember seeing it). So is it okay to write half a word or I should finish the word ant than put three dot?


I would finish the word with two dashes (also called an em-dash, but for traditional submission format, two regular dashes are used to indicate this), no space between the last letter of the half word and the dashes. Many editors will autocorrect two dashes to an m-dash for you. I turn that off and prefer the traditional method.

"This is redic--", Lymaba started to say, but stopped herself.

  • @LaurenIpsum Those were not typos, I do that on purpose; particularly for beginning writers.
    – Amadeus
    Aug 23 '18 at 19:49
  • Actually, "em dash." It's as long as an em, a unit of measure in typography that's roughly the width of an upper-case M. (See also en dash and hyphen.) Aug 24 '18 at 12:59
  • @KenMohnkern Fixed that.
    – Amadeus
    Aug 24 '18 at 19:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.