karelia (karelia) wrote in beta101,

Ellipsis Points

Those three evenly spaced dots tend to be highly overused, so here are some pointers when to use an ellipsis:

In dialogue, to show faltering, fragmented speech, interrupted speech, or instead of a dash to grab the reader's attention.
In narrative, to show omission of quoted material.

There are different ways to indicate an ellipsis:

Three periods with spaces: Robbi once used . . . oh, how I remember . . . an ellipsis correctly.
Three periods with spaces before and after: Robbi never uses ... and I mean never ... ellipses correctly.
Some references also allow for three periods followed by a space: Robbi... and I know this to be true... rolls her eyes every time I correct her incorrect use of ellipses.
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