Punctuation Ellipsis Points

Ellipsis Points
Ellipsis points are also called ellipsis marks. These points are often used to indicate that a section of a quotation has been omitted. ►During Algebra class our teacher said, “The Pythagorean theorem is important because … A squared plus B squared equals C squared.”
Ellipsis points are sometimes used to control the setting and tone of the overall sentence, passage, or paragraph. Adding ellipsis points can slow down the action. ►Jeff ran to the tree … barely able to catch his breath … The killer was behind him … He had to keep running.

Properly Used Ellipsis Points

The President said, “We should all do our part to keep America clean … because it’s our home.”

David failed algebra … three times.

Are you sure it was …? Never mind.


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