In dialogue, when a character is asking for another's name by saying, 'Mister...?' (expecting the other character to answer with their surname), is it written:

'Mister...?' or 'Mister?'

The first feels better, as it includes the implied gap, waiting to be filled by the answer.

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    I prefer "Mister...?" . It hints that the character speaking is expecting a response.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 11:00

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The ellipsis indicates that the speaker's voice is trailing off. If that's your intended effect, then use it. It is not required.


To add to BiscuitBoy's and jimm101's responses, including the ellipsis is preferable as, since the reader cannot hear and comprehend written dialogue, it hints that the character wants a response; the ellipsis leaves the sentence incomplete.

Without the ellipsis, "Mister?" could be comprehended as someone simply wanting to grab the person's attention in a similar way to "Sir?".

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