Omission of Ellipses
8.8.7 Omission of Ellipses
Ellipses are not necessary at the beginning and end of a quotation if the quoted material is a complete sentence from the original.
Omit ellipses within a quotation when the omitted words occur at the same place as a bracketed editorial insertion. (See also 8.5.2, Brackets, Insertions in Quotations.)
In a 1985 JAMA cover story, Martha Bier wrote, “Instead, he shows a stark, rectangular grid lit by centers of rounded forms, brilliantly colored.”
“[Caillebotte] shows a stark, rectangular grid lit by centers of rounded forms, brilliantly colored.”
When a quoted phrase is an incomplete sentence, readers understand that something precedes and follows; therefore, ellipses are not used.
Ellipses are generally not needed when the first part of the sentence is deleted.
Here Caillebotte “depicts a traditional subject in a manner far removed from the traditional.…”