What is Ellipsis? An ellipsis (…) is three dots used to show that words have been omitted from a quotation or to create a pause for effect. More specifically, an ellipsis can be used:
- To show an omission of a word or words (including whole sentences) from a text.
- To create a pause for effect.
- To show an unfinished thought.
- To show a trail off into silence.
The quote below by Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray has been shortened by using an ellipses.
“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! … Was there anything so real as words?”
I used ellipses when writing papers in College when I would quote excerpts from articles, etc. Do you have some examples you’d like to share?