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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:

  1. "He is fond of..." (Three dots with no space between the dots and the preceding word.)
  2. "He is fond of ..." (Three dots with a space between the dots and the preceding word.)
  3. "He is fond of...." (Four or more dots with no space between the dots and the preceding word.)
  4. "He is fond of ...." (Four or more dots with a space between the dots and the preceding word.)

To me, usage of ellipsis is standardised: it must have three consecutive dots with no space between the dots and the preceding word.

Is the usage of ellipsis going through a further evolution? Has the usage of ellipsis been actually standardised? What is the correct rule of using ellipsis? Which of the above uses is/ are correct?

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