|Use three dots to show that you have omitted part of a quotation.|
Three Dots for Missing TextQuite often, for succinctness, a writer will omit part of a quotation. To show readers that part of the quotation is missing, a writer should use three dots (like this …). These three dots are called ellipsis. Ellipsis is usually written … or […]. For example:
Four DotsIf an ellipsis is used to replace words that end a quoted sentence, then it is usual to use 4 dots: three for the ellipsis and one (a full stop or period ) to end the quotation.
"Fame is the spur...." (John Milton)
EXTEND A SENTENCE WITH 3 DOTS
You can also extend a sentence with three dots. This is done when a pause for effect is required.
...and there it was...gone.
(In this lighthearted example, the first three dots are ellipsis (to show text omitted) and the second set is a pause for effect.
This is covered more in the lesson Extend a Sentence.