Graeme Posted September 19, 2006 Report Share Posted September 19, 2006 It is often useful to include some of the way a person speaks in dialogue: "Er... did you really want to do that?" "Umm..." "Ah! Now I understand what you are talking about." What I'm having trouble with is what each of these ... whatever you want to call them... really mean and when to use which. This is a grey area because it's not part of the formal language, but more a reflection of how people actually speak. What do people think? What, for example, are the differences between "Er", "Ah" and "Uh"? Do they matter? A list of these sounds would be useful, too. Here's a partial list (uneditted, so feel free to suggest other spellings) with my guess at when to use them: Er... A pause because the person is uncertain Uh... A pause because the person is hesitant. This is close to 'Er' and I'm not sure I appreciate the differences. Umm... A thinking pause Hmm... Humming sound Ah... Exclamation as the light dawns. Huh... A questioning sound, often accompanied by a puzzled look Ooo... Appreciative sound... like in "Ooo... that was good!" Argh... Frustrated sound Eww... Disgusted sound Quote Link to comment
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