Used to indicate an omission, drifting thought, or a pause, the ellipsis is often abused. It consists of three fullstops in a row with a space before the first and after the last: ‘ … ’ – note that it is ONLY three fullstops. Five, ten, thirty-seven fullstops are all incorrect, regardless of how long the ‘pause’ is supposed to be! There does not have to be a space between each fullstop but there should be one at the beginning and the end.
- An ellipsis is used to indicate an omission, for example in quoting something:
“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.”
“Never gonna give you up … never gonna run around and desert you.”
- It is used in dialogue to indicate a drifting thought or a pause, for example:
“I’m fine, I just … ” he sighed, his gaze fixed on the falling snow. “I’m fine … but cold.”