Ellipsis… | thsliteracy

Ellipsis …
Ellipsis is a set of three dots (called periods in US) to indicate:

(it is a SIN to use more than three and be careful not to overuse like the exclamation mark!)
1.   An omission such as a portion of quoted material.
2.   It also indicates a pause in speech.

In informal writing ellipsis can be used to show a trailing off (or pause) in thought.


“If only I’d revised…well it’s too late to do more now.”  Alice walked into the exam hall.
Ellipsis can also be used to show hesitation.


“I did revise…well, a bit…OK, I watched Eastenders….but then I revised.”


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