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Tinman
06-04-2012, 09:25 AM
Hi all.

When writing dialogue, how do you handle someone speaking individual letters? For instance, say a young student was reciting his ABC's. Would you write it "ABC", "A-B-C", or some other way? Thanks!!!

WillSauger
06-04-2012, 09:48 AM
"A. B. C."

or

"A-B-C."

Your choice. I like the second, the first sounds more strict. And I've seen the second used more often. Make sure you tell the reader that they spelled it out.

Tinman
06-05-2012, 03:10 AM
"A. B. C."

or

"A-B-C."

Your choice. I like the second, the first sounds more strict. And I've seen the second used more often. Make sure you tell the reader that they spelled it out.

Thanks Will!!!

rwm4768
06-05-2012, 04:16 AM
I would use the dashes. They look better, and I've seen it done in novels before.

Tinman
06-05-2012, 05:50 AM
Thanks RWM!!!

brianjanuary
06-05-2012, 05:37 PM
You might think about "A...B...C..." as well.

Ohgodaspider
06-06-2012, 07:24 AM
I've heard the letters are supposed to be spelled out. J would be Jay. Z would Zee. Like that.

Graphite
06-06-2012, 10:33 AM
It'd be way too confusing to spell the letters out. Wye ie eh aitch?

Tinman
06-06-2012, 11:07 AM
You might think about "A...B...C..." as well.

Brian, thanks!!! To me, the difference between a hyphen and ellipses is the amount of time separating the letters or words - - the ellipses is longer. If the character was reciting her ABC's, I might use the ellipses, maybe. Although I used the ABC example above, in this particular instance, the character is using an abbreviation for a name. B-S-C. Behavioral Resources Center. I think the hyphens might work better. But thanks again.

Tinman
06-06-2012, 11:09 AM
Spider, thanks!!!. I think I'm going with the hyphens.

Nasty looking spider!!!