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Hi, I have a few sentences I want to get just right but I'm really not good with grammar and can never decide whether to use hyphens, dashes or ellipses. Can anyone help me with these sentences please? -

"She was so nervously excited, and the party was still - at least - another three hours away."

With this one I really want to emphasize the "at least" and make it same like it's so long and taking ages to come. Should I put "at least" in hyphens, commas, maybe itallics or something else?

The second I'm unsure about is - "The night they'd been waiting for: the big prom."

Again how should I put the grammar before "the big prom". Hyphen, dash or something else.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Emotion: smile
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Hi Laynka! Welcome...

You want to use punctuation marks to put more emotion in your writing. While punctuation is important, it is not a substitute for good words.

She was so nervously excited, and the party was barely moving at a snail's pace, at least another three hours away.

The hypens or commas around "at least" do not convey the idea of the party being slow.

The night they'd been waiting for - the big prom.

The sentence is not complete.

That was the night they had been waiting (so long) for - the night of the bid prom.

All the best in your writing!
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LaynkaHi, I have a few sentences I want to get just right but I'm really not good with grammar and can never decide whether to use hyphens, dashes or ellipses. Can anyone help me with these sentences please? -

"She was so nervously excited, and the party was still - at least - another three hours away."

With this one I really want to emphasize the "at least" and make it same like it's so long and taking ages to come. Should I put "at least" in hyphens, commas, maybe itallics or something else?

The second I'm unsure about is - "The night they'd been waiting for: the big prom."

Again how should I put the grammar before "the big prom". Hyphen, dash or something else.

Hi

"She was so nervously excited, and the party was still at least another three hours away". (dashes would be wrong here, but you could put 'at least' in italics if you are typing it, or in informal text you could underline it)

"The night they'd been waiting for: the big prom". (that's fine with a colon, but you could also use a dash -)

But be careful with overdoing punctuation for emphasis - it can be inelegant, or even viewed by your reader as being patronising by implying that they're incapable of understanding your meaning from the text alone.

BillJ