The punctuation ellipsis is a group of three periods ( . . . ) that is used to indicate an omission or leaving out. Ellipses is not used to change the meaning of the sentence but it is used to shorten the sentence. We use punctuation marks to clarify the meaning of sentences. For example: “woman, without her man, is nothing” (emphasizing the importance of men), and “woman: without her, man is nothing” (emphasizing the importance of women) have very different meanings.
The ellipses has the following rules:
1. We use ellipses to show a break or trailing off of thought.
E.g. He could … if you encouraged him.
2. We use ellipses to show hesitation.
E.g. They did not … anything, I am not with them, just see …
3. We use ellipses to indicate a pause in a thought or to create suspense.
(Suspense is a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen)
E.g. You know I was … when I entered the hall and the audience … I was excited.
How to use ellipses in a sentence?
Three dots is called ellipsis and ellipses are exactly three dots, neither few nor more than it.
1. Use space if you use ellipses in the middle of the sentence.
E.g. You know he was struggling … well, you know about it.
2. If you end a sentence with ellipses then you must use space and then full stop.
E.g. You know I like parrot, love birds … .
3. If the sentence is interrogative, use the ellipses and then use question mark at the end of the sentence.
E.g. What do you … ?
4. If the sentence ends with an exclamation point, use the ellipses and then use exclamation mark at the end of the sentence.
E.g. I do not think you did … !
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