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The ellipsis

The ellipsis (. . .) consists of three spaced periods and is used to indicate a pause, missing information when quoting written work, or an incomplete remark. In addition, the ellipsis can indicate that there is more material than the author cited.

When using an ellipsis at the end of a statement, you must add another period: “I understand the difficulty of the situation . . . .” Also, when using other punctuation marks with an ellipsis, they come after the original material but before the ellipsis: “Why can’t you explain the problem? ...”


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