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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.

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