- incomplete sentence
- It is not cold … it is freezing cold.
- She didn’t pat him … she hit him.
- I don’t know … maybe we should go somewhere else.
- omission between two complete sentences
- The red car raced the blue car. … And if the red car wins I will win one million dollars.
- We bought apples. … I like them too.
- I like that but I think they don’t. … Maybe we should change that.
We use an ellipsis to replace elements from the original text. Most of the times is an intentional omission of a word, sentence or a whole selection of a text. We place the ellipsis mark:
- at the end of an incomplete sentence. Therfore, the final full stop will be omitted.
- between two complete sentences. In this case, the full stop will be placed after each sentence.
External link to Ellipsis exercises (1229).