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I've seen some people use (...) instead of ... in quotations and I was wondering what the difference was. Do parentheses indicate something else like brackets [...] do? Is it just a stylistic thing? Is this is even grammatically correct?

  • Can you give an example, Matthew? These edge cases are often non-standard: conventions used by individuals or individual style guides, or even nonce usages of punctuation. // On ELU, grammar and punctuation are regarded as disjoint. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 5 '17 at 19:37
  • @EdwinAshworth To me it seemed that they used it like a normal ellipsis. I can't remember a specific location where I've seen it but I have seen it before. The question came up when I was editing someone's paper. Also, what is ELU? – Matthew Eng Dec 5 '17 at 20:40
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    English Language & Usage -- this site. – MetaEd Dec 5 '17 at 20:40
  • @NigelJ I saw that thread while searching for the answer to this question. That question is asking about square brackets. I'm asking about round brackets / parentheses. – Matthew Eng Dec 5 '17 at 20:42
  • (...) instead of ... seems rather odd, and is almost certainly purely stylistic. If the question came up when you were editing someone's paper, wht does your house style guide have to say, please? – Robbie Goodwin Dec 11 '17 at 20:58

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