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Ellipses

To show omission of words in quoted material, three spaced dots (ellipses) are used if material is deleted within the sentence. When the last part of a quoted sentence is omitted, it is followed by three spaced dots plus its punctuation. At the end of the quotation, only the punctuation is used:

  • Five hundred firemen . . . attended the ball. . . .

  • Mr. Brown went on to say: "The shoe department functions smoothly . . . many salespeople have won prizes for efficiency."


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