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boston bob

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Many excellent comments but ... ellipses, though not especially powerful, can add zest and potency to one's work. A painter, poet or singer/songwriter utilizes specific details to emphasize their specific passion. Similarly, the passionate writer should carefully inject the ellipsis when they wish to convey a specific and distinct effect.

The ellipsis should not be used haphazardly nor confused with a comma rather it should be identified more with the exclamation mark. Overuse of the comma is open to debate with no right or wrong outcomewhereas overuse of the ellipsis or exclamation mark will be unsightly and tedious.

It should be avoided in professional or technical writing and, apparently, when submitting papers to close-minded instructors. However, if it suits your whim and your creative writing style ... save it for those specific moments when you wish to draw the attention of your reader to a specific thought.

Also, the first and last "." of the ellipsis must have a space to either side but no additoinal spaces between each ".".

For a decent explanation of its use, go to link:

Summary of link:

"An ellipsis [ … ] proves to be a handy device when you're quoting material and you want to omit some words. The ellipsis consists of three evenly spaced dots (periods) with spaces between the ellipsis and surrounding letters or other marks. Let's take the sentence, "The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes from the Caribbean who were visiting the U.S." and leave out "from the Caribbean who were":

The ceremony honored twelve brilliant athletes … visiting the U.S.

If the omission comes after the end of a sentence, the ellipsis will be placed after the period, making a total of four dots. … See how that works? Notice that there is no space between the period and the last character of the sentence.

The ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in the flow of a sentence and is especially useful in quoted speech:

Juan thought and thought … and then thought some more.
"I'm wondering …" Juan said, bemused.

Note carefully the spacing of the ellipsis marks and the surrounding characters in the examples above. In mid-sentence, a space should appear between the first and last ellipsis marks and the surrounding letters. If a quotation is meant to trail off (as in Juan's bemused thought), leave a space between the last letter and the first ellipsis mark but do not include a period with the ellipsis marks.

boston bob October 12, 2011, 1:25am

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