Ellipsis

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  • What are ellipses?
  • Ellipses
  • Ellipses are a type of punctuation used in the English language. They are used to indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or section from a text without altering the meaning.
  • Ellipses are supposed to be used in quotes, where they exclude unnecessary or irrelevant parts of the quote to make it understandable. An example of this is "I can't stand... that irritating boy." When the full quote is "I can't stand Jimmy, the short, insolent kid. Oh don't get me started on the irritating boy."
  • Ellipses
  • What can they be used for?
  • What is the incorrect usage of the ellipses?
  • Ellipses
  • Ellipses are more commonly (and improperly) used as a way to show pause in speech or a sentence trailing off. For example, "I was at the mall... and I ate..."
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