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[Forum] Overuse of ellipsis
I have a ms in which author uses ellipsis to indicate missing text in quoted material in what I find to be irritating due to overuse. For example: To plan for the raid, the colonel told the men to "seize their weapons . . . before . . . they had time . . . to return fire . . . upon their troops." Th

[Forum] RE: Capitalization after Ellipsis in Quotation
CMOS advises (per my link above) replacing the cheesy single-glyph three-dot ellipsis character with their standard version: space, dot, space, dot, space, dot, space. If the ellipsis character is used, it should usually have a space before and after it, although it appears no one does that in reali

[Forum] RE: Ellipsis ending dialogue
A comma doesn't follow other punctuation marks, such as an exclamation point or question mark. Ellipses are unique in that when they complete a sentence, an additional ellipsis point is added to close the sentence. An ellipsis isn't used on its own as an ending to a sentence.

[Forum] Capitalization after Ellipsis in Quotation
In a quotation that's quite lengthy and rambling, I want to cut the end of one sentence, replacing that material with an ellipsis, then join it to another complete sentence, cutting out some of the rambling without changing the point the speaker is making. The first letter of the word at the beginni

[Forum] RE: Bracketed Ellipsis
Hmm this was driving me a bit batty because I know I've seen it around somewhere. Eventually I came across this in section [url=http://www.mlahandbook.org/private/handbook/hb3.7.5]3.7.5[/url] of the MLA Handbook: [quote]QUOTATION WITH AN ADDED ELLIPSIS In N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn,

[Forum] RE: Ellipsis
I'm not wild about the wording of this sentence in general. I also don't understand why you "need" to put an ellipsis between the two sentences. Could you please explain?

[Forum] RE: Ellipsis
If it's an exact quote that can't be altered, then, yes, I believe you have it punctuated correctly with the ellipsis.

[Forum] RE: ellipsis in direct dialogue with action beats
UserTK, I actually read the original example as being two sentences, but the ellipsis was missing the period before it.

[Forum] RE: Suspension points v. ellipses
"2 is correct because the punctuation (a period) which precedes the ellipsis (which begins a new line) is on the line before it." I disagree with this one. I wouldn't start a new line with an ellipsis. While the four points are correct in terms of following a complete sentence, the ellipsis shoul

[Forum] RE: Ellipsis and interrupted speech
I might say that the four-dot ellipsis, in general, should apply only to academic works where you need to specifically indicate elision of entire sentences. It rarely makes sense elsewhere. CMOS does not do a good job of illustrating proper usage IMO.

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