Q. When and where do you use ellipses?

Answer

Ellipses are used inside to show when a section of text was deleted when the it was quoted. Jackson (2011) offers a review of the APA style guidelines regarding ellipses.  Note that "typically, ellipses are used only within a quotation, not at the beginning or at the end of a quotation.  A rare exception would be an instance where the sentence could otherwise be misinterpreted: (para. 22).

Example

Original sentence:

"When quoted material is presented as multiple sentences, four dots should be used for omissions between two or more original sentences; three dots should be used for omissions within a single original sentence"(Penn, n.d., para. 26).


Quote with ellipses:

"When quoted material is presented as multiple sentences, four dots should be used for omissions between two or more original sentences; three dots should be used . . . within a single original sentence" (Penn, n.d., para. 26).

For More Information

See "Ellipses--When and How?" (Jackson, 2011).

See "Punctuation Junction: Quotation Marks and Ellipses" (Lee, 2015).

References

Jackson, P. (2011, April 22). Ellipses—When and how? [Blog post] Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/04/ellipseswhen-and-how.html

Lee, C. (2015). Punctuation junction: Quotation marks and ellipses [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2015/05/punctuation-junction-quotation-marks-and-ellipses.html

Penn, J. (n.d.). The punctuation guide: Ellipses. Retrieved from http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/ellipses.html

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