Correct Use of Ellipses
Use three dots (an ellipses) to indicate the omission of a word, phrase, line, or paragraph. Use spaces before, between, and after the three dots:
She gathered the books, did the research . . . and eventually got an A+ for the report.
To indicate a pause in thought or short silence when speaking:
Yes, I think I remember he had a black . . . no, actually, it was a navy blue jacket.
Incorrect Use of Ellipses
Even though Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, automatically replaces three periods with a single character of three closely-placed dots, it is incorrect to put them close together:
WRONG: We bought books, binders, paper...and everything else necessary for the school year.
This page has been visited 2153 times.