When using ellipsis with a question mark, how would it be written?

Would it be written as this:

"So are you going to close the door..?"

Or would it by written as this:

"So are you going to close the door...?"

My first example shows two of the ellipsis, while my other examples shows three. Which is correct?

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    The ellipsis is a symbol for words unwritten. The question is additional. "So, are you going to close the door... ?" (I like more space). – Dan Nov 24 '16 at 11:09
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    The dots are not single ellipses. The dots are dots. Three dots are a common way to indicate an ellipsis. Two dots are not generally considered as such an indication. – Helmar Nov 24 '16 at 15:05

From Wikipedia:

The most common form of an ellipsis is a row of three periods or full stops (. . .) or a precomposed triple-dot glyph (…). The usage of the em dash (—) can overlap the usage of the ellipsis, especially in dialogue. Style guides often have their own rules governing the use of ellipses. For example, The Chicago Manual of Style recommends that an ellipsis be formed by typing three periods, each with a space on both sides. [emphasis added]

There is no universally accepted standard for the form or use of the ellipsis. See Wikipedia, a more authoritative source, or any of a number of style manuals for additional information on the use of spaces, the role of periods, etc.

I agree with @Dan that the question mark is in addition to the ellipsis, which is its own mark of punctuation. Your second example with three dots represents common usage.

  • Wikipedia is not an authoritative site. – Alan Carmack Nov 24 '16 at 13:17
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    @AlanCarmack I don't disagree, but it's good enough in this case to get the point across that form and use of the ellipsis is a matter of style. – Richard Kayser Nov 24 '16 at 13:31

The Chicago Manual of Style now (2018) accepts the use of the precomposed triple-dot glyph (…) ctl+alt+period (in MS Word).

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