An ellipsis is an omission of words from a clause, or the punctuation mark "..."

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Asking for a name. Ellipsis or not?

In dialogue, when a character is asking for another's name by saying, 'Mister...?' (expecting the other character to answer with their surname), is it written: 'Mister...?' or 'Mister?' The first ...
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When I am quoting something does it need to be incorporated into my own sentence? (Also, should I use an ellipsis?)

I am writing an essay for my English class. At one point I make a statement about the book and end the sentence. Afterwards I've inserted a direct quote from the book on its own. Here's an example: ...
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Standardisation of usage of “…” (ellipsis) [closed]

Normally, ellipsis uses three consecutive dots with no space between the dots and the preceding word. But, at places, I find the ellipsis used in various manners: "He is fond of..." (Three ...
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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What words (if any) are omitted in the sentence?

Girls and boys learn to live and work together from an early age and are consequently not emotionally underdeveloped in their relations with the opposite sex. They are also able to learn from each ...
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Ellipsis in a title

When an ellipsis is used in a title such as 'How to love your dog... A kid's Guide to dog care, is it just used for suspense or is there a grammatical reason which I haven't found out yet? Trying to ...
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When to put a comma after an ellipsis in dialogue

Having read a style guide recently, I was under the impression that you don't add commas after the ellipsis when the ellipsis indications pauses or thoughts trailing off, followed by "he says" or the ...
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How would I use ellipses if I'm quoting some of a book?

The whole passage: The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers,and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for ...
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Should I keep the ellipsis in this sentence?

I was wondering if I am using the ellipsis properly in this sentence. If not, what punctuation should I be using in place of the ellipsis? "This trick proved to be difficult at times because, as ...
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Small clauses (or verbless clauses)

Small clauses are clauses with "to be" deleted. I found him (to be) difficult. And as we all know, an adjective complement can be added afterward. I found him (to be) difficult to work ...
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Can I use ellipses when a character is falling asleep?

Is it okay to use all these ellipses in a sentence like this: I have to…I have to get up…I have to…Keep…Fighting…I…I….
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Punctuating short quoted speeches

I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people often ...
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When do you put a full-stop after an ellipsis and are they used in reality in novels?

In some style guides, I see this mention of putting a full-stop after an ellipsis when you are stopping the paused sentence and going onto another new sentence, but when reading several very ...
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Coordinative ellipsis with not and unparellel structure

I worked and did not play. I worked and not played. ? For some reason, when the ellipsis is used after the simple past form of the verb with no "to be" used before it, it just sounds weird ...
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Ellipsis in Fiction (Four dots or no)

When using an ellipsis in fiction when you're not quoting another text, do you use three dots or four when the ellipsis follows a complete sentence? For example: "The world would be a better place ...
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parenthetical prepositional phrase

The narrator, in the quote, said that things turned out to be horrible. According to the question I previously posted, this parenthetical prepositional phrase "in the quote" is made possible by ...
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Happy to see her, he smiled…what is the name for this usage?

Happy to see her sister, she was about to cry. I can see that this sentence works like a participle phrase, but this "happy to see her sister" directly starts with adjective. What is the grammar ...
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What is elided with “from adjective to adjective”

I went from sad to angry. This sentence is perfectly fine as is. My question is, is it elided this way? I went from (being) sad to (being) angry. Or is it not elided at all? As I often ...
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“The Germans were attacking, and the French”. Why is it wrong?

I worked on my paper, and my brother on a project. The width was 3 meters, and the length 4 meters. These are omitted version of those sentences below, grammatically correct, and make ...
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Sentences with coordinating conjunctions between two nouns omitted

There are sentences like this in many literature books: He held a gun, a sword, a bible. It is not a sentence, just a phrase. They do not have word "and" and "but". I think those should be ...
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Is this the elided form of “the way I wrote it is that I wrote very correctly.”

The way I wrote it, I wrote it very correctly. Is it the elided form of this sentence below? The way I wrote it is that I wrote it very correctly. I am not a native speaker, so I have to ...
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deleting and---— does it seem strange only to me? [duplicate]

Within a couple of days I could stand, even make two, three steps. It is the original sentence. And I have a strong belief that the and is deleted as below. Within a couple of days I could ...
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Can I use ellipsis this way?

I am not so sure if it is acceptable to use ellipsis in this way: I said I will be on vacation, but forever. The ellipsis is used like this: I said I will be on vacation, but (I will be on ...
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Is there any ellipsis in “The dog is somewhere about, hunting rats”?

I saw this sentence in a story book. The dog is somewhere about, hunting rats Does it omit [a place] after "somewhere about"? If so, what is this type of ellipsis? The dog is somewhere ...
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Why is it possible to delete “or” in this sentence?

He plays it well,(or) at least better than you. I am told by aparente001 that it is possible to omit "or" in this sentence. But I am not quite sure how it is possible. Can any of you guys ...
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Deleting “or” in this sentence

He plays it good, (or) at least better than you. Can I omit word "or" in this sentence like this? He plays it good, at least better than you. The reason I am asking it is because of this ...
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Sentences lacking subject

As shown above, you can use this sentence. When needed, you can have this candy. You did more than necessary. Those sentences have one thing in common. After word as, when, and than, ...
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“He could do the job, as expected.” Is ellipsis used in this sentence?

This is a question concerning superfluous element, because I cannot think of other rules that would allow the deletion. If it is not superfluous element, please notify me. He could do the job, as ...
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Is this sentence elided?

He weighs no more than 150 pounds, perhaps 149 at most. In this sentence, I think either a) something between "150 pounds" and "perhaps" has been elided or b) the semicolon is replaced by a ...
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Ellipsis after a comma

I want to use an ellipsis to indicate a sentence is being interrupted. That point of interruption happens to be right after an appositive which has commas around it. Does the second comma get omitted ...
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Ellipsis followed by another statement - Is it still correct English/use of punctuation?

In transcripts (mainly screenplays/dialogue scripts and some web pages), I see the following: "You could try to do this... or that." CHARACTER gestures at the alternate choice; a big red ...
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Ellipsis or substitution?

If they want to get revenge, Abra, I don't mind. But perhaps they don't. They don't in that utterance is included in the verbal substitution do or ellipsis? Is the full form They don't ...
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Do these examples sound natural?

Are they (theoretically) possible? Speaker A: What did John force Mary to do? Speaker B: Her into buying the house. Speaker A: What did John talk to Jim? Speaker B: Him into believing the news. ...
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Do they sound natural? or make sense? [closed]

Please read the following sentences and tell me if they sound natural or make sense. a. John talks Mary into stduying French more often than Sue into studying English. b. John forced Jack into ...
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Does “I seen that” really mean “I've seen that”? [duplicate]

"I seen it." "I got it." The two I can think of that are often (incorrectly) said. I guess "I got it" could be used to express that you got the new car you were looking at, but to me, "I seen it" is ...
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How to decide on the type of ellipsis

I'm having some hard time deciding on the types of a few ellipses I've got to analyze. Let's consider an example such as this one: Then Rosemary came out and said that Daddy was going to jail, ...
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Which is more appropriate: “I gonna” or “I am gonna”? [closed]

I want to ask about verb "to be" in gonna, specifically about which form is more accurate. I am gonna or I gonna and They gonna or They are gonna
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How to indicate elision of a footnote symbol in a quotation

I'm quoting a passage that includes a superscript indicating a footnote. I'm not quoting the footnote, however. What do I do? If I leave the superscript in, it's distracting, since it suggests that ...
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Em dashes or ellipsis over multiple paragraphs [closed]

JUST KILL IT ALREADY Please consider this blurb: The next year will tell whether Joe -- his father -- and the girl with the secret past -- -- can work together to solve the mystery, or be ...
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Elliptical construction: I scissored my cigarette between my fingers, very European.

Can I pass this sentence off as grammatical on the grounds that very European is an elliptical construction implying "which is very European"? From my understanding so far, the only requirement of an ...
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Punctuating a parenthetical expression inside a quote (that uses ellipses)

Does this punctuation make sense, with the first half of the quote trailing off in an ellipsis and the second half starting with one? “Funny thing…”, he paused to puff the pipe alight, then ...
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Are omissions like “he has a Facebook [account]” an ellipsis of the modern age, or has this always been going on?

Some English speakers omit "account" in conversational speech when referring to their membership in an online service. For example: "Here's a link to my Tumblr." "I took a break for a while, but I ...
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Ellipsis after a complete sentence

I'm wondering how to use an ellipsis after a complete sentence within a quote when not intending to use the entire quote. Specifically, I'm looking at a Bible verse. Consider the following: ...
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Should I use … or —?

I came across this recently and curious as to which is correct. Here are a couple example sentences: I wish you would…oh, never mind. OR I wish you would—oh, never mind. In the above ...
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Do I need to repeat the subject+verb a second time in a sentence? [closed]

Which of the following is correct? Do I need to repeat the "I will"? I will work on that list and send it to you as soon as possible. I will work on that list and I will send it to you as ...
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Nested quotation with ellipsis

Suppose that Mr. X writes a book that says the following: In his essay on biscuits, Mr. Y says "the crux . . . is the apostrophe" which goes to show that you can't trust everything you hear. ...
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Origin of the “triple comma” or “comma ellipsis”

Occasionally I see someone write out sentences,,, like this,,, with exactly three commas. The first time I saw it I thought it was a personal idiosyncrasy, but I've seen it enough times now that I ...
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“X and me/I having dinner” in captions/headlines/sentence fragments

This is different from some other questions since this is about the usage of "X and me/I" in captions/headlines when it is followed by a gerund (verb+(-ing)) instead of in regular sentences. This ...
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Is there any difference between “told to” and “told to do so”

I will release a new version when I'm told to. I will release a new version when I'm told to do so. Is there any difference in the meaning of the two sentences? Which one would I use in an ...