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Omission of Ellipses 

Chapter:
Punctuation
Author(s):

Cheryl Iverson

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.

In a 1985 JAMA cover story, Martha Bier wrote, “Instead, he shows a stark, rectangular grid lit by centers of rounded forms, brilliantly colored.”

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.)

“[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.

In Place de L'Europe on a Rainy Day, Caillebotte does not use “centers of rounded forms, brilliantly colored” but instead uses muted grays and purples to give the feel of the rain.

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.…”

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