Ellipsis (…) is one of the most used punctuation marks but also wrongly used.
It shows the omission of words, phrases etc, in a sentence as well as continuation of a sentence.
An ellipsis helps you eliminate unnecessary words, and getting to the main point in your writing.
Example (Full sentence):
- “We slept after eating the food and watching the movie.”
With ellipses, see the way it comes out below:
- “We slept after…watching the match.”
The ellipsis can also be used to express suspense, hesitation, change of mood, etc.
- I don’t know…. ermm.
Here is an example of an ellipses used in a sentence:
- This post would help, you, your friends and….
- Mikel, John and ….
A notable mistake made while using ellipsis is putting more than three dots (……..).
The right way; three dots: (…) and four dots (….) when it ends a sentence.
You can leave a space among the dots or place them without it; all depends on the style book you are using.
Therefore, ensure you put three dots (…), like Messi, Suarez and … in your post next time.