It is a form of punctuation that looks like this: . . .
Creative writers often use ellipsis marks to indicate an unfinished thought and/or to create ambiguity in the mind of the reader, leaving him to his own interpretation or conclusion, or lack thereof. Formal writers use ellipsis marks to indicate that they have quoted but a portion of a longer passage. The rules are simple:
1) If omitting part of a long quotation, use ellipsis marks after the last punctuation mark.
For example: "Research scientists have quartered down the genetics of rudimentary barn mice to determine what makes them more or less flavorful to mousers. Even cats born at the barn tend to eventually wander the main house and lurk outside of frequently used doors, patiently waiting for a chance to dash in and jump on the kitchen counters. Scientists believe that if they can breed a more flavorful variety of the common barn mouse, . . ."
2) Use only three marks whether they are placed in the middle of a sentence or at the end.
For example: Many years ago our agricultural forefathers brought forth . . . cats to keep the feed room vermin free, but alas, cats crave modern amenities and . . .
3) Hear ye, Hear ye! DO NOT overuse this technique.
What really annoys you about writers' use of this punctuation?
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