Definition: A set of dots indicating an omission of words.
Form: An ellipsis is formed by three evenly spaced full stops: …
- Indicates missing words in a sentence.
- Indicates missing words in a quote.
- Indicates a pause, as an interrupted thought, in a sentence.
- Indicates trailing off a sentence in an intriguing manner.
The best way to use the ellipsis is to indicate missing words. Using the ellipsis to show hesitation, or trailing off, is not recommended in all writing. It should be used sparingly. If you overuse it your meaning could be lost, you will sound vague, and you will annoy your reader.
The plural of ellipsis is ellipses.
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