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Using an Ellipsis. …. Standard. ELACC8L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. a. Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break. b. Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.

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Standard
Standard

ELACC8L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

a. Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.

b. Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.

c. Spell correctly.


Ellipsis
Ellipsis

  • An Ellipsis is a type of punctuation that is used to indicate omission or pauses in writing. It is made up of 3 dots

    Ex. Nanette kept pondering her decision . . . and finally decided she had made a mistake.


Usage 1
Usage 1

  • An Ellipsis can be used when quoting a text to omit (leave out) part of the text.

  • This happens when the writer decides he/she only needs a portion of a quotation to support his/her claim. He/she usually wants to leave out part of the quotation that is in the middle.


Example of text omitted from the middle
Example of Text Omitted from the Middle

Original quote: "Since graduating from college in Washington, Eva had been taking medicine to relieve the pain of her rheumatoid arthritis" (Beito 119).

With ellipsis: "Since graduating. . . Eva had been taking medicine to relieve the pain of her rheumatoid arthritis" (Beito 119).


Note

  • You may cut out text from anywhere within a sentence and replace it with an ellipsis as long as the remaining portions of the sentence still make sense.

  • If you have an entire paragraph, but only want a few complete sentences, you may leave out entire sentences, as long as you use an ellipsis between sentences.


Example of text omitted from the end
Example of Text Omitted From the End

  • Original quote: "Cora's success and public visibility seemed to destroy Andy’s own self-esteem; he felt diminished in the eyes of the community" (Beito 191).

  • With ellipsis: “Cora's success and public visibility seemed to destroy Andy’s own self-esteem. . ." (Beito 191).


Usage 2
Usage 2

  • Use an ellipsis to indicate when a character trails off in thinking or in speaking.

    Example: Harold said, "I'm not so sure about this. . ."


Usage 3
Usage 3

  • Use an Ellipsis to indicate pauses or breaks in the thought process or in conversation.

    Example: Lucy said, “I am not sure what we should have for dinner…how about some McDonalds!”


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