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-True Em dashes instead of double dashes ( — )  Examples and explanation immediately below per CMOS section 6.90: An em dash or a pair of em dashes to indicate a sudden break in thought or sentence structure or an interruption in dialogue.

“Will he—can he—obtain the necessary signatures?” asked Mill.

“Well, I don’t know,” I began tentatively. “I thought I might—”

“Might what?” she demanded.

Example for use when dialogue is interrupted by action per CMOS 6.90:

“Someday he’s going to hit one of those long shots, and”—his voice turned huffy—“I won’t be there to see it.”

*But if a character’s dialogue trails off, then the appropriate punctuation is ellipses.* Example per BP:  “But I didn’t think it was there. I…”