Punctuation. Ellipsis points

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the third edition of the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participates with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.


    Ellipsis points

    • Use ellipsis points with a space on either side to denote pauses. Use them at the end of a sentence without a space to indicate that the sentence has been left unfinished.

      "This morning's lecture was very interesting."
      The lecturer warned her students, "The reports are due next Friday. If I don't get them"
    • Use ellipsis points with square brackets to denote words missing from a direct quotation.

      The Rector said, "Preston [...] transmitted values through his books [...] and enabled us to understand the present and look to the future."

    • Do not use ellipsis points to indicate an incomplete list. Use etc.

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