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I like using ellipsis for hesitation, but I'm not sure how to correctly punctuate when I use it in the middle of a sentence. Here's a sentence I quickly made up. Which one would be the correct one?

One:

"I went to the store today...and I bought you your favorite drink!"

Two:

"I went to the store today...,and I bought you your favorite drink!"

Three:

"I went to the store today... and I bought you your favorite drink!"

How would I go about punctuating this if a comma goes before "and," but an ellipsis is placed before "and"? Since ellipsis is technically its own piece of punctuation, would example two be correct?

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The third one is the most correct of the three, but I'd only use it as a way to mimic speech -- not as a written sentence. For instance, certain authors will spell words incorrectly to mimic accents. This is much the same.

If I were writing it, I would split the two sentence fragments.

"I went to the store today," I told him, "and I bought you your favourite drink!"

This gives a natural break in the sentence to the reader without using ellipses.

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In agreement with Dan, I would consider the third option to be correct. Never have I seen a comma after an ellipses as it seems rather redundant. With regards to dialogue, it does not seem natural or fitting.

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