What does an ellipsis followed by an exclamation mean?

I’m confused about how to use “…!” in writing. Currently, I’m writing a fiction story with a character who has been critically injured. I got this question while typing out this:

“I won’t die yet…!”

I’m afraid that using it this way is actually wrong. I thought ellipsis is used to indicate omission, pause, silence, or an unfinished thought. Then again, I also thought ellipsis could also be used to indicate echoing voice.

I’m asking this question to make sure it’s correct judged by my fellow writers. I’m really grateful for anyone trying to come up with some answers for this question of mine, really appreciate the effort.


Without context it seems hard to tell, looks like a creative use of punctuation in any case. ‘…!’ could be:

  • Deafening silence
  • An awkward pause after an exclaimation

If we consider “I won’t die … yet!,” is similar, but the meaning has changed; and “I won’t die yet! …” looks wrong, moving the punctuation to the end does seem to make sense.

Depending on what the reader is intended to get from this statement, expanding on it or adding additional context can tweak the meaning for the reader. For example

“I won’t die yet…!” his voice echoded


“I won’t die yet!” he screamed as the blood drained from the wound.


“I won’t die Yet…!” followed by a deafening silence.

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