October 29, 2008
how do I use it?
So glad you asked.
Comprised of three dots called ellipsis points, an ellipsis is a punctuation mark used to indicate an omission. It’s also used to express a pause or trailing off of thought.
“When I’m elected mayor of this town, I’ll clean up the streets like I promised and lower taxes for every hardworking family.”
If that’s too many words for you, you might change the quote to read as follows:
“When I’m elected … I’ll clean up the streets … and lower taxes.”
He’s pretty sure he knows what he’s going to be for Halloween … but he still won’t commit.
I really thought that the Red Sox would win the World Series, but …
- There should be a space on each side of the ellipsis.
- If an ellipsis follows a period, put the period at the end of the sentence, then add a space, then add the ellipsis. (example: She replied, “I know that there are a lot of fish in the sea. …”)
No wonder the ellipsis is freelance copywriter Beth Z.’s favorite punctuation mark!
For more grammar lessons, please read the following posts: