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

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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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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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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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Usage of double dots (..) Is it formal?

I am sure that this wouldn't have much meaning, but still want to get acknowledged whether usage of double dots is formal. I have observed people using double dots in business Emails. Usually while ...
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“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
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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?

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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When can you omit words in a parallel strucutre?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, so this is always confusing. I wrote the following sentence: Due to its hydrophobic property, beta-carotene in carrots is more easily absorbed ...
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“Hope” versus “I hope” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there omission of subject in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask.” Is it correct to use hope without subject? I have seen may times something ...
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Why is there omission of subject in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask.”

Another example is "Hope this helps." "Thought you'd never ask." is the omission of "I thought you'd never ask." "Hope this helps." is the omission of "I hope this helps." In English grammar, ...
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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 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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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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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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What is the proper way of using triple dots and spaces before/after them?

... part of a sentence ... ...part of a sentence ... ... part of a sentence... Notice the spaces before/after the dots. Which usage is the correct one ?
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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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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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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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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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“The delegation will depart and will be accompanied” vs. “will depart and be accompanied”

(a) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and will be accompanied to the airport by the Minister of Sports. (b) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and be ...
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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 a comma appended to an ellipsis in the middle of a quotation?

Digging through every ELU question I can find on the matter, I still can’t locate a specific answer to this question of punctuation. Which of these is correct? “Maybe...” I said, injecting an ...
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Ellipsis in “can and have occurred”

The side effects can and have occurred. The omitted verb is an infinitive (occur) but the written verb is a past participle (occurred). Is this sentence grammatically correct and suitable for ...
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Style of technical warnings. Why is it acceptable to omit verbs?

Dear language professionals, What are grounds for using shortish phrase "Life vest under your seat" on the warning sign on the planes. Is it stylistically caused? If this style allows main verb ...
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When a phrase ends with a period, do you put … or .. after it?

I was just reading this question: When "etc." is at the end of a phrase, do you place a period after it? And it brought to mind something similar. If a phrase ends with a . (such as e.g. or ...
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Using an ellipsis to show omission, when we skip complete sentences. 3 or 4 dots? [duplicate]

Imagine I want to quote this text (the parts in bold): If there were such a thing, I think I'd be a champion. You know, baking under dangerous conditions, high-speed frosting... all hypothetical ...
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What's the rule for writing sentences with parallel clauses?

I've sometimes seen very nicely written sentences that have 2 clauses: the first is a full sentence, while the second, which is supposed to have a similar structure, was shorten into a special ...
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Name of 3 dots to indicate a pause in speech

Answers to this question show that it is quite common to use the 'ellipsis' (three dots) in English writing to indicate a pause in speech for reasons of "confusion, insecurity, distress, or ...
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Omitting “by” after “impressed”

Which is correct? You may be impressed how often the technique is being used in industry. You may be impressed by how often the technique is being used in industry. The first one is ...
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Use of brackets in legal writing

I see in legal writing the use of double brackets in a quote to indicate part of the quote is deleted, such as: "All work [] makes Johnny a very dull boy." I thought the correct way to do this quote ...
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quoting and punctuating a quote within parentheses

How do I make sure to punctuate my quotes within parentheses correctly? For example: Joe did not demonstrate insight into how he might alter his behavior to improve his social interactions (e.g., ...
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