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Emdash Punctuation Help (1 Viewer)

TheMightyAz

Mentor
Is this correct or do I need a full stop after the emdash? Or do I need a lowercase 't' following the Emdash?

“Well, misses—“ The doctor checked the ID on her wrist, “Phillips, it seems you have quite the unique child here.”
 

druid12000

Senior Member
Is this correct or do I need a full stop after the emdash? Or do I need a lowercase 't' following the Emdash?

“Well, misses—“ The doctor checked the ID on her wrist, “Phillips, it seems you have quite the unique child here.”

I think you're good. I have a similar sentence in one of my short stories with '...' instead of the dash, set up the same way.
 

TheMightyAz

Mentor
I think you're good. I have a similar sentence in one of my short stories with '...' instead of the dash, set up the same way.

Yeah, Word (bloody thing) tells me it's wrong and another online site tells me it's right. I thought it was right but wanted to check because I seldom use emdashes like that.
 

JBF

Staff member
Board Moderator
Is this correct or do I need a full stop after the emdash? Or do I need a lowercase 't' following the Emdash?

“Well, Missus—“ The doctor checked the ID on her wrist. “Phillips, it seems you have quite the unique child here.”

Only two changes I'd make. The second is a period after 'wrist' in case that's now showing up in bold.
 

JBF

Staff member
Board Moderator
Honestly? I'd chalk that one up as preference. That all this is on contained on one standalone line of text serves to tie it together.

You're probably fine running it either way.
 

Phil Istine

WF Veterans
I would probably use an ellipsis in preference to the dash, but there is some degree of individual writing style involved.
Also, I know you didn't ask about this but - Missus, not misses.
 
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