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Grammar Presentation: Ellipses

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Matthew Aston

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of Grammar Presentation: Ellipses

Ellipses Where and how can we properly use them? Ellipses can be successfully used in both formal and informal settings. Formally speaking, ellipses are used to show you've omitted words to shorten a quote.

However, one must take care not to change the meaning of the quote. Informally speaking, ellipses are used to denote:
hesitation
pauses
lack of knowledge
cues for the audience to use their own imagination I would love to go, but... I have to water my plants. He said something about pizza... I walked into the room to find something horrible happening... There are a few rules... The Chicago Manual of Style states, “Ellipsis points suggest faltering or fragmented speech accompanied by confusion, insecurity, distress, or uncertainty.” When used to omit information in the middle of a quote, use spaces on either side of the ellipsis

When used to omit information at the end of a quote, use no additional spacing and add proper punctuation after the ellipsis

When omitting information at the beginning of a quote, do not use an ellipsis

When combining nonconsecutive sentences in a quote, use a period followed by a space to end the first sentence. Then use an ellipsis and another space to lead to the second

When omitting a paragraph or more of material, utilize four ellipsis points on a new line breaking up preceding and succeeding material

Do not break up the ellipsis points
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