What is an ellipsis?
How do I make an ellipsis?
To make an ellipsis on a Mac, it’s Option + ;
Bingo, you have an ellipsis just like this one …
How do I use an ellipsis?
1 An ellipsis shows that a sentence is unfinished. It is used when the writer has left something unsaid or tailed off:
2 An ellipsis is also used to show that you have left out text from a direct quote:
Should I put a space before an ellipsis?
And it can be open, with a space either side ... like this.
These are style decisions, not hard and fast rules but, as ever, be consistent in how you decide to use it.
Sometimes the ellipsis can be put inside square brackets [...] when it is used to indicate omitted text from a quote, as in the second example. This is more common in academic texts or formal writing.