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An ellipsis is used to show an omission of expected words.

It can often be used to show a dramatic pause in a sentence.
When used in this way, it is made up of three dots and can replace a full stop.


We use an ellipsis to show that part of a text is missing. Clever writers will use this creatively

For example,

Walking towards the room, the man stopped...

The ellipsis used here makes us wonder why the man has stopped. It adds drama and tension.


And again...

And the winner is...

The ellipsis here is used to build suspense and anticipation.

Remember, an ellipsis can occur in a sentence without the need for the dots.


For example,

John watched his mother and went over to help.

The omission of the word ‘he’ before ‘went’ is an ellipsis, but doesn’t require three dots.

Your Turn…

1. What is an ellipsis?
It’s what happens when the moon goes in front of the sun
A special offer at Tesco
A punctuation mark

2. What does an ellipsis look like?

3. What is the job of an ellipsis?
To stop people stealing
To introduce tension, drama, or anticipation in a sentence
To separate items in lists.

4. Which of the following should include an ellipsis?
The results are
I am four years old
Why don’t you like cabbage

5. Look at the following sentence: The man stopped Where should the ellipsis go?
After ‘The’
After ‘man’
After ‘stopped’

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