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Old 12-09-2012, 06:25 AM   #16
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LOL, Frahse.

I'll concede, Vincent, that some say "till" is correct. It really bugs me, though, so I'll stick to 'til.
Me too.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:06 AM   #17
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Found this in a pro-published book I'm reading. The editor really should have caught it, but hands up anyone who doesn't do things like this and then forget?

"... I’ll let Glenda know what’s going on too, so she can head Jim off at the pass.” Beat. “Um…I guess that’s it. I’ll be here till two I guess if you want to call me. See ya.”
Must be a book by John Grisham or Dan Brown. Both of them write film manuscripts and disguise them as books, and 'beat' is, or was, quite common in film manuscripts.
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I don't have a problem with "Beat", it communicated just fine with me. It could have said "He paused for a moment," but "Beat" works. I don't think I would use it, but I understood it, and I didn't find it jarring. There is missing punctuation in the dialog though, I think it should be:

"... I’ll let Glenda know what’s going on too, so she can head Jim off at the pass.” Beat. “Um…I guess that’s it. I’ll be here till two, I guess, if you want to call me. See ya.”

Without the commas around "I guess", it looks like a mess.
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