An ellipsis, a special character that looks like three periods (…) indicates an omission of wording within a quote or dialogue. In fiction they should be avoided except where a speaker is trailing off, not being interrupted. In non-fiction they should only be used for verbatim quotes where one or more words has been omitted. When it occurs within the sentence, a space is placed after the ellipsis: e.g. ‘and he looked upon Jesus… and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”’ (John 1:36).
Ellipses can also be used to indicate a break in thought or a hesitation in mid-sentence: e.g. ‘If they could only see the nonsense of the words… if only… things would be so different.’
Ellipses are to be used at the beginning of an open quotation unless the quotation flows naturally as part of the sentence.
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