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What is an Ellipsis?

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Emily Rebneris

on 23 January 2014

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Transcript of What is an Ellipsis?

Leaving out one or more words that are not necessary for a phrase to be understood. An ellipsis can help with a pause in the flow of a sentence and is useful in quoting speech.

What is an Ellipsis?
The young boy Marco played lots of sports such as soccer,
basketball … .

Sarah thought and thought … and then thought some more.

"I'm wondering …" Emma said.

Ella liked many foods like pizza, broccoli … and pasta.

“Do you think … never mind it was a bad example anyway.”

An image of an ellipsis
Easy way to remember the rules
Ellipses are FUN AS … .

F - Follow with a space before needed punctuation (Rule #1 and 5)
U - Use an ellipsis to replace unnecessary words (Rule #2)
N - Never put an ellipsis at the beginning of a quotation (Rule #3)

A - Always keep the three points (an ellipsis) on the same line (Rule #4)
S - Subject should stay relatively the same (don't change the topic too much)
(Rule #6)

Image to describe how unnecessary words have been replaced with an ellipsis.
Emily Rebneris and Aeden Morrell
Division 8-5


We made most of our examples using our rules and our definition.
Rule # 1. When placing an ellipsis at the end of a sentence always put the ellipsis then follow with a space and another point for the punctuation.
(... .)

Rule # 2. Use an ellipsis to replace unnecessary words in the sentence.

Rule #3. Never put an ellipsis at the beginning of a quotation.

Rule #4. When putting an ellipsis make sure one of the points is not by itself on the other line.

Rule #5. Place the punctuation mark after an ellipsis.

Rule # 6. You should not change the subject too much using an ellipsis.
Think about it
Your sentence could be this long:
Tommy loved soccer, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, skiing, swimming, badminton, skating, skateboarding, snowboarding, and cycling.

Or this long:
Tommy loved soccer, baseball ... and cycling.
Which one would you rather?
Graphic to relate to our topic
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