Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 167 Example:Abraham Lincoln said: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth ... a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." · Use an ellipsis to show a pause or interruption. Example:"No," I said. "I ... I need my space." Danger, Will Robinson Don't use an ellipsis to show that words have been omitted from the beginning of a sentence. Just omit the words and keep right on going. Parentheses and Brackets: Bosom Buddies Like hot dogs and heartburn, parentheses and brackets always come in pairs. But unlike tube steaks and burps, parentheses and brackets are not at all the same. · These are parentheses: ( ) · These are brackets: [ ] You use parentheses much more often than you use brackets. Follow these rules for using these marks of punctuation correctly.