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email style and personality

 
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I notice some people like to us "...." when they write emails. For example, they like to say

************
I received your letter, but not the first one though... I well understand your situation.. It should be a good deal I think unless the price changes again... Anyway, let's meet next week to talk about it. As for time, please check my calendar and you should be able to find one..
************

Why do they like using "..." extensively ? what kind of personality should I interpret ??
 
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I regard this as a tic -- an email equivalent of the spoken "uh" or "um."
 
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I think it also can be used to mean "and there's more but I don't feel like writing everything to fill in the blanks". As an example, I might write:

"And then after initializing the loop you want to create new objects and set them to values then call out to the Helper class (hopefully there won't be an exception there...) and then you're done."

The "..." in that phrase means that's there more to discuss in that direction if the conversation heads there. Hopefully it won't.
 
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It's an Ellipsis. Depending on the context of the e-mails, sometimes I interpret as a pause or "I have something more to say, but don't know what/how to say".
 
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If it were used properly, then it could be interpreted as an ellipsis. But in this context...
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
But in this context...



Yep, the three dots can be interpreted as:

Oh Oh no! My boss is coming. Gotta stop writing now. Talk to you later. Bye!

 
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As used in marc's post (for example), the three dots are an ellipsis, correctly used to indicate words omitted (for whatever reason). When marc says "but in this context", I believe he's referring to the original example cited in Raj's post, in which the "ellipses" seem to serve no purpose at all. They could be left out entirely, with no loss of meaning. There are a number of possible valid uses of ellipses in e-mail, but the sample given by Raj does not seem to contain any.
 
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