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Ellipsis - Glossary of Terms


Ellipsis

An ellipsis (...) is three dots used for a pause or to show that words have been left out. 

Examples:

A credit card stolen in London was used to pay for a Chinese meal five hours later...in Bangkok. (pause for effect)
The brochure states: "The atmosphere is tranquil...and you cannot hear the trains."  (words omitted)
 
Interactive example:
"The defendant addressed the guard...and left quietly." [show me the ellipsis]
 
Associated pages:
 
Three dots (ellipsis) in quotation (speech) marks
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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