chapter  6
Ellipsis Points (...)
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To show an ellipsis at the beginning of a sentence, precede three ellipsis points with the normal full stop (placed close to the final word) at the end of the previous sentence, and follow them with a lower-case letter to signal that the subsequent words were not the beginning of the next sentence:

If you add any words within an ellipsis to clarify the text, enclose your interpolation within square brackets:

However, if you add a word or words within a quotation to make the meaning clearer, but you do not omit any words from the sentence, do NOT use ellipsis points: simply put your interpolation in square brackets:

It is not essential to indicate the length of an ellipsis (that is, the number of words omitted). Three ellipsis points may be used to signal the omission of three words or thirty. But if you wish to show that the omitted text was lengthy, running at least from paragraph to paragraph, or even from page to page, put three ellipsis points to show the end of one paragraph or page, and three more to show that there is a substantial omission before you begin again:

If you use ellipsis points to signal omissions from a series of terms, ensure that other punctuation marks or mathematical signs appear in their normal places in the series:

Sometimes, ellipsis points are used to indicate that a list or enumeration of items could run on almost endlessly:

Usually, this use of ellipsis points is equivalent to the use of etc (et cetera = ‘and the rest’, ‘and similar things’):

But use of either of these devices seems casual, implying ‘I can’t be bothered to write these things out in full’, or ‘There must be some more, but I can’t think of them at the moment’, so avoid such ‘tailing off’: give a firmer impression by using a statement such as: