Is it inappropriate to use an ellipsis to create a conversational pause in a typed sentence, in a situation where it's not appropriate to use a comma or a dash or anything else? There's no grammatical pause; there's just a conversational pause that would be present if the typed sentence were spoken aloud.

Example (from a comment that I posted on a Buzzfeed video): "So many props for using 'risen' correctly...and then rescinded for placing a redundant 'up' behind it."

Can I correctly use the ellipsis that way?

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    An ellipse is a geometrical figure. Ellipses (plural of ellipsis) are the dots. For comments attached to an online video (especially a Buzzfeed video), you have my permission to do whatever you want.
    – deadrat
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 23:59
  • To avoid the appearance of having dropped words, you can also use em dashes.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 13:45

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Yes. As explained here, ellipses in dialogue text are often used in that way. They usually indicate a pause in speech or a trailing-off effect, so the way you used them in your example is perfectly appropriate.

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