Susanna J. Sturgis talks about the proper way to use an ellipsis in writing.
She makes some very good points. (Pun intended.)
Added May 25: See also Punctuation Quiz #18: Ellipsis by Daily Writing Tips
An ellipsis is three dots.
An ellipsis comprises three dots. (See, I have to show that I know how to use “comprise” in what used to be considered the correct manner.)
An ellipsis consists of three dots with spaces between them.
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I don’t get feisty about the things some editors get feisty about. I mean, I’m behind the serial comma, but I don’t believe those who don’t use it are trying to destroy the English language, western civilization, or some other cosmic entity. Ellipses, on the other hand . . .
Aside: That wasn’t an ellipsis. Those were suspension points. Read on for clarification.
I get feisty about ellipses. In my mind, for instance, there is no such thing as a “four-dot ellipsis.” An ellipsis comprises three dots. The fourth dot is a period — “full stop” if you’re working in British English (BrE).
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