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GotMyGoat Fri 07-Sep-12 18:12:51

Should it be

but wait...

or but wait ...

I have to use the second one in my work, but am now confused as to whether this is proper English or not.

(Posting here brings me out in a sweat, I'm going to put a [sic] in just in case)

[sic]

baabaapinksheep Fri 07-Sep-12 18:16:39

The first one I would have thought.

GotMyGoat Fri 07-Sep-12 18:18:01

It made me wonder if the second was an older and more proper way of doing things, but the 1st was just common usage.

WMittens Sat 08-Sep-12 22:01:11

I've always used ellipses without a space. I've done a quick search but there appear to be no clear rules.

grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/ellipsis.aspx

www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/punctuation.html

www.dailywritingtips.com/the-elusive-ellipsis/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsis

Nanny0gg Mon 24-Sep-12 23:51:07

Don't see why there should be a space. Punctuation is usually attached to the last word.

Clary Mon 24-Sep-12 23:58:07

I always do the second one.

An elipsis feels as if it requires a space either side. Don't know why tho.

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