Punctuation and Capitalization
Apostrophes and Ellipses

Is there such a thing as ellipsis marks?

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05/25/2008

Ellipsis points, yes. They are the three dots (or four, at the end of a sentence) used to indicate an omission from a quoted passage, like this:

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, ... we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender....

The dots (ellipsis points or ellipses) appear where parts of this famous speech by Churchill have been left out of the quotation.

Ellipses are also used in writing dialogue to indicate where speech trails off:

"Well," said Florence, "if you think it'll be all right..."

Sometimes they are used for special effects, but that's usually not a good idea.