What punctuation mark should I put after the word introduce (to emphasize, convey a pause),

"Let me introduce (—/,/:) [name]"?

I would favor dash, but in English, it's used differently than in my native language (like a colon and other punctuation marks).


"Let me introduce—John" {I say no}
"Let me introduce, John" {Arguable}
"Let me introduce: John" {I say no}

I don't see any reason why any punctuation is needed there. And you don't say clearly what you are trying to emphasize on.


If you are speaking, a small pause will do. The pause is not necessary though; in fact, one can legitimately argue that the pause should be avoided. When you are speaking, you really don't need to actually think about punctuation marks. If you want to know what a small pause in speech equates to, then it is just a comma. Generally, a bigger pause can merit the use of a semicolon or an em dash—but not in your sentence.


If you are writing that sentence, then no punctuation is needed. I can't remember ever seeing the use of a comma or any other mark there after "introduce". Its a short sentence, the reader (or listener) can easily follow you without the pause.


I am assuming that you want to bring some attention to this person you are introducing. In that case, you need to insert a unique characteristic of this person in that sentence. For example, you can say

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you – the man who survived a gruesome grizzly attack and 21 days in the wilderness – John Bane Norman.

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  • Can I use a dash without that wordy introduction? I WANT to convey a pause. Say, it's someone unexpected, surprising – Sergey Zolotarev Nov 7 '19 at 12:26
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    @SergeyZolotarev You can use the dash if that is what you want. You might be able to get away with it if what you are writing is a creative writing piece (e.g., fiction). However, if it is something more official (academic, office report, etc.) then I suggest you don't use the dash - it doesn't belong there in that sentence. – AIQ Nov 7 '19 at 16:51

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