What is the proper use of ellipsis

asked Apr 08 '11 at 17:49 Phil Rider New member

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An ellipsis is used to signify that part of a text or speech has been removed.  It shows that something is missing.  It DOES NOT show the passing of time, as it is commonly used.


For example:


"He said that eating fruits, like apples, and cheese helped him stay healthy."


"He said that eating fruits . . . and cheese helped him stay healthy."

link comment answered Apr 10 '11 at 10:17 Kimberly Expert

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