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.
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 know…I’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: “Today…we 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