#Grammar Series – The purpose of an ellipsis

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Hey Sparkle Writers, it is all about the Ellipsis on today’s #GrammarSeries. 

An ellipsis is a punctuation mark. It is a set of three periods (…) indicating an omission.

Ellipsis are to be used under specific circumstances. They are not to be overused or abused. This is because they have specific functions that they perform in any piece of writing. Today, we are going to be looking at the function of the ellipsis in informal writing.

The ellipsis can be used to represent a trailing off of a thought.

Example:

If only she had…oh, it does not matter anymore.

The ellipsis can also be used to indicate hesitation in speech as well as in writing.

Example:

He was about saying…never mind. He was just not interested in the movie.

Please note that these examples are for informal writing. 

See you next week.

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