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.
Formatting with ellipsis
Extend a sentence (using three dots)
Colon or comma before quotation (speech) marks?
Punctuation inside or outside quotation (speech) marks?
Quotation (speech) marks for ships, plays, books, etc.
Double or single quotation (speech) marks?
Quotation (speech) marks meaning alleged or so-called