Having surpassed half a century of occupied time roaming around upright on this planet I find you can never stop learning !!! … Recent discussions here has led me to investigate things and I’ve discovered that a type of punctuation that I use regularly has a name !!! … I always thought it to simply being three periods in a row that denoted ‘ pause ‘ … I wasn’t far off ! … Interesting to find the name and complete definition …
( … ) The ellipsis mark consists of three dots ( periods ). We use the ellipsis mark in place of missing words. If we intentially omit one or more words from an original text , we replace them with an ellipsis mark …
The ellipsis mark is also called , or referred to as , a ” suspension point ” or ” dot dot dot ” …
Suppose we want to quote ” The film focussed on three English learners from Asia who were studying at university.” Perhaps we want to omit ” from Asia who were ” to save space. So we write:
” The film focussed on three English learners … studying at university.”
The new sentence still makes sense , but the ellipsis mark shows the reader that something is missing.
We sometimes also use an ellipsis mark to indicate a pause when someone is speaking , or an unfinished sentence. Look at these examples:
She turned to James and said , ” Darling , there is something … I need to tell you. I have never felt like … like this before.”
” It’s not easy to explain. It’s not … ” Her voice trailed away as emotion welled up within her.
Do we use a space with an ellipsis mark ? That is a question of style. Many style manuals recommend no space , like this :
three English learners…studying at university
Others recommend using a space before and after an ellipsis mark , like this:
three English learners … studying at university
It’s not …
*MORBNOTE ; This part’s for C.T.I. ;
The important thing is that you CHOOSE ONE STYLE AND USE IT CONSISTENTLY. Do not mix your styles.