Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Writing Tip : All about ellipsis (...)

All about ellipsis (...) 


This article explains the use of the elipsis punctuation mark.
The ellipsis is a series of three — and only three — full stops used to mark missing words, an uncertain pause or an abrupt interruption. For example:
        The review said, "It's wonderful ... a complete triumph".
        Niles:   But Miss Fine's age is only ...
        Fran:   Young! Miss Fine's age is only young!
Most editors precede the ellipsis by a space, even at the end of a sentence.

Note: Within Microsoft Word the ellipsis can be typed as a single character, rather than three separate periods, by typing Alt-Ctrl-period.

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