How to use the ellipsis

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_213It took a long time for me to notice that the ellipsis consists of 3 dots.

I picked up that a row of dots means something has been missed out, but it never occurred to me that there was a name for the mark, or conventions for its use. I would just use a random number of dots.

In case you are as misguided as I used to be, this post explains the use of the ellipsis.

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One Response to How to use the ellipsis

  1. Yes! The ellipsis does have a name as well as several different usages, though it shouldn’t be used too much in stories. It is definitely a misunderstood punctuation mark.

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