Friday, May 26, 2017

115 Ellipses (English)

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An ellipsis is a set of three periods together to indicate a short break or pause in speech or missing text from a quote. More than one ellipsis is termed ellipses.


An ellipsis can be inserted after a word, phrase, or sentence in speech, such as a monologue or dialogue. When an ellipsis is inserted after text, and the sentence isn't interrupted by omitted words missing from the context, then a space is followed after the ellipsis and then the following text with no additional punctuation unless the ellipsis ends the quoted text.
For example, "I was going to..." I said before being interrupted.
When an ellipsis begins quoted text, it is immediately followed by text with no spaces after it and a single or double quote preceding it.


An ellipsis can be inserted into a sentence to indicate that some text has been omitted. In some circumstances, the ellipsis can be followed by one or more carriage returns to indicate whole paragraphs or sections have been omitted. When redacting text, such as when highlighting text with a black color to prevent readability, an ellipsis is not used unless text has also been removed in addition to the text that is redacted.
When an ellipsis is used to signal an omission, it may or may not be preceded or followed by a space. In some cases, a space can both precede and follow an ellipsis, but those cases are rare.