An ellipsis is used to show an omission of expected words.
It can often be used to show a dramatic pause in a sentence.
When used in this way, it is made up of three dots and can replace a full stop.
We use an ellipsis to show that part of a text is missing. Clever writers will use this creatively
Walking towards the room, the man stopped...
The ellipsis used here makes us wonder why the man has stopped. It adds drama and tension.
And the winner is...
The ellipsis here is used to build suspense and anticipation.
Remember, an ellipsis can occur in a sentence without the need for the dots.
John watched his mother and went over to help.
The omission of the word ‘he’ before ‘went’ is an ellipsis, but doesn’t require three dots.
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