# How many periods?

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#### 8769

##### Senior Member
How many periods should I put in the blank below, three or four?

[A and B are talking about Casual Day. ]
A: I suppose the downside sometimes may be that people don't take what they are doing seriously. I suppose if you're sitting around in jeans and a T-shirt, right, you know, you may be sort of a little lackadaisical ( )
B: Yeah. Right.
A: ... about what you're doing. It creates a less formal sort of atmosphere, which can, as I said, have good and bad points.

8769

• #### Wernazuma

##### Senior Member
3 (why do you think 4?)

#### Trapezium

##### Member
The end of the first line should be an ellipsis to match the start of the third line. I think.

#### 8769

##### Senior Member
Hello, Wernazuma.

3 (why do you think 4?)
I just wondered if the fourth period might be needed for the end of a sentence.

8769

#### . 1

##### Banned
How many periods should I put in the blank below, three or four?

[A and B are talking about Casual Day. ]
A: I suppose the downside sometimes may be that people don't take what they are doing seriously. I suppose if you're sitting around in jeans and a T-shirt, right, you know, you may be sort of a little lackadaisical ( )
B: Yeah. Right.
A: ... about what you're doing. It creates a less formal sort of atmosphere, which can, as I said, have good and bad points.
8769
You already have five periods (fullstops).
lackadasical requires a period to end the sentence.
Yeah requires a comma not a period to preceed right,

"... about what you're doing." is not a sentence and probably should be followed by a semicolon;

About what you're doing; it creates a less formal sort of atmosphere, which can, as I said, have good and bad points.

The whole thing is very casual and there could be other combinations of punctuation.

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#### Wernazuma

##### Senior Member
I thought that 8769 wanted to know about the periods to fill the parenthesis. Now that 86769 replied I think he asks whether "(...)" or "(...)." is more correct. In this case, I'd say you need the final period.

Also, I think there can be a period after Yeah - it depends totally on the dialogue. If there is a long enough pause, one can justify the point.
I agree on the semicolon, although, as you've said yourself, it's casual, so punctuation should be treated rather flexible...

#### hly2004

##### Banned
2 cents
I think it could be an interruption, in which case I'm not sure it is "...."