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How to use ELLIPSES in your English writing by Mr.Zaki Badr ?

How to use ELLIPSES in your English writing by Mr.Zaki Badr?

How to use ELLIPSES in your English writing by Mr.Zaki Badr ?
How to use ELLIPSES in your English writing by Mr.Zaki Badr ? 

An ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots.

Use an ellipsis when omitting a word, phrase, line, paragraph, or more from a quoted passage.
Ellipses save space or remove material that is less relevant. They are useful in getting right to the point without delay or distraction:

Although ellipses are used in many ways, the three-dot method is the simplest. Newspapers, magazines, and books of fiction and nonfiction use various approaches that they find suitable. Some writers and editors feel that no spaces are necessary.

Example: I don’t knowI’m not sure.

Others enclose the ellipsis with a space on each side.

Example: I don’t know I’m not sure.

Still others put a space either directly before or directly after the ellipsis.

Examples: I don’t know I’m not sure.

I don’t know I’m not sure.

Full quotation: “Today, after hours of careful thought, we paid the bill.”

With ellipsis: “Todaywe paid the bill.”

Ellipses can express hesitation, changes of mood, suspense, or thoughts trailing off.

Writers also use ellipses to indicate a pause or wavering in an otherwise straightforward sentence.


I don’t know…I’m not sure.

Pride is one thing, but what happens if she…?

He said, “I…really don’t…understand this.”

Trail off : to become less in amount or loudness:

His voice trailed off weakly and we could not hear the rest.

to become less or smaller

Suspense mental uncertainty

Wavering: fluctuate in opinion 

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Mr.Zaki Badr
Mr.Zaki Badr
My name is Zaki Badr. I am an online English teacher. Contact me on WhatsApp/Zalo/WeChat: +20 1027 87 1551 I have been teaching English since 2011( to kids and adults. English teaching certificates that I got : *TESOL Certificate, Arizona State University, USA, December 2018. *TEFL Certificate, London Teacher Training College OFQUAL regulated, London, June 2021.