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What is an Ellipsis?
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)
Image to describe how unnecessary words have been replaced with an ellipsis.
Emily Rebneris and Aeden Morrell
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