When to use ellipses

To indicate an omitted word or phrase.  To indicate a meaningful silence.  [Colloq.]  To indicate that a sentence has trailed off, leaving a meaningful silence.

When not to use ellipses:  In place of a punctuation at the end of a complete sentence.

I keep getting Emails today in which requests or mere statements are punctuated with an ellipsis.  Like, “The author is wondering about galleys. . .”  “My department chair wanted to know. . . “  I can’t help reading them in a sarcastic tone, as though the writer is utterly wearied by my failure to anticipate the question (such as it is).


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