Unit 11.1

Ellipsis

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Introduction

An ellipsis is a series of three dots that represents an omission of one or some elements of the original text.
usually replaces an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without changing the original meaning.

Form

The ellipsis mark is:

Example

  • 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.

Use

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.

Related

At A1 level you can take a look at these: The Slash, Question mark, Exclamation mark, Comma, Colon, Semicolon and Symbols.

At A2 level you can take a look at these: Dot, Question Mark, Exclamation mark, Comma, Colon and Semicolon

At B1 level you can take a look at these: Dot, Question marks, Exclamation marks, Comma, Colon and Semicolon.

At B2 level you can take a look at these: Dot, Question mark, Exclamation mark, Comma, Colon, Semicolon and Ellipsis.

Exercises

External link to Ellipsis exercises (1229).



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