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I'm trying to quote someone's tweet and planning to use the ellipsis as a pause in my sentence (due to showing an aggressive attitude)

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You... SNOB! Stop gossiping about me!

Correct?

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    It's perfectly valid. The ellipsis indicates a pause, and it would not be uncommon for someone to pause and take a breath before shouting "SNOB!".
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    Commented Oct 28, 2018 at 11:47

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I think that it is better you simply say 'You SNOB! Stop gossiping about me!' because the ellipsis causes it to sound like you are hesitating and can't think up a good insult. However, the ellipsis is certainly not grammatically incorrect, so posting like that is perfectly fine; it is simply that you don't sound aggressive like that.

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  • I actually downvoted this when I started to read your answer—then reversed that when I got to your third sentence. It's better if you lead with an objective answer first, and only then provide a personal opinion. I would recommend editing this answer and making the first sentence simply: "The ellipsis is certainly not grammatically incorrect, so posting like that is perfectly fine." After that you can continue to discuss style and meaning. Commented Oct 28, 2018 at 16:52

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