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

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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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Why is the subject omitted in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask”?

"Thought you'd never ask" is "I thought you'd never ask" with "I" omitted. "Hope this helps" is "I hope this helps" with "I" omitted. In English grammar, normally every sentence should have a ...
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Is there a verb that means “the act of replacing a word or phrase with an ellipsis”?

Is there a verb that means "the act of replacing a word or phrase with an ellipsis"? "Ellipsize" doesn't seem to be in the dictionaries. Is there a word for this?
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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 with....
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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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Ellipsis and Parentheses

Due to the high density of questions related to the use of the ellipsis (...), I am not sure whether my question has already been adequately answered or not. However, in my research, I haven't found ...
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Is it correct to use elipses in a formal essay? [closed]

I'm writing an essay and I want to write: These things all prove that Hitler was not a man of his word … So should England have trusted him? and then continue with my next points. Is this ...
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How are bracket ellipsis […] used in quotations?

I see this type of syntax often, but I do not know how, when or where they should be used. "It is the case that [...] the inconvenience is altogether imaginary." Is it okay to use if I need to ...
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Why does an ellipsis have three dots?

It might be an odd question, but I'm trying to comprehend why do we use three dots in an ellipsis. Wouldn't two dots suffice? An ellipsis serves a dual purpose, it can be used to either denote an ...
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How would you properly show deletion of unnecessary text in a quote?

I assumed you would use dots to show left-out unnecessary text in a quote, such as in The definition of used oil is "oil ... that is xyz". The deleted portion is non-useful text that would ...
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Quotations that skip paragraphs

This is a problem that has long troubled me. Imagine that I have a block of prose organized in three paragraphs. I want to construct a single quotation that contains only the first and third ...
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Using ellipsis to indicate a pause in conversation

Wikipedia has a sentence in its article on ellipsis: In reported speech, the ellipsis is sometimes used to represent an intentional silence, perhaps indicating irritation, dismay, shock or disgust....
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“among them N, N, N”

I often see sentence structures like "..., among them N, N, and N." His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles ...
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Ellipsis (Gapping) and Prepositions

A simple example of ellipsis is: Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary oranges. (Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary [likes to eat] oranges.) Recently, I've been engaged in a debate about a ...
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“in you_ and your family’s best interests”

I’ve seen this picture of a leaflet being tweeted today. It’s supposedly issued by the UK government and distributed widely: Am I overlooking something or does it really contain the grammar error ...
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Use of … to show deletion of text in a quote when the text before the ellipsis ends with a question mark

I would usually use ... to show that I have deleted text from a quote, however, I recently discovered an issue with this when the text ends with a question mark before the ellipsis. So if the quote is ...
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When to use ellipsis (suspension points)

Continuing this thought: Learning English as a second language I was taught that suspension points meant uncertainty, omission of words or interrupted thoughts. There are plenty of threads ...
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No one made above a B today — adverbial or ellipsis

So as I was watching a movie, there was this sentence: No one made above a B today. It stimulated my curiosity greatly. "Make" is supposed to be a transitive verb in this sentence, and therefore ...
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In this sentence, is “much” an ellipsis of “much of you”?

"Are you sure that your men will find much to release? I have men, too, in the forest to-night, close behind me, and THEY will be here first and do the releasing." (a quote from 'Interloper', by ...
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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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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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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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Capital letter after ellipsis

I was talking to a friend of mine over Skype, and I typed this: Ok... Now I want more pork pie. I'd like to know, should there be a capital letter after the ellipsis …? Should it be written the ...
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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 ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 add ...
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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 well-...
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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 perfect ...
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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 to ...
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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 see "...
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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 stand,...
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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 explain?
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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 ...