At some point (maybe not since school), you’ve probably used the ol’ dot dot dot.” This punctuation indicates the deletion of one or more words when you’re condensing quotes or other texts. Just remember to be careful not to delete anything that could distort the meaning of the sentence.

“Hudl is a company that helps sports teams.”

“Hudl is a company [...]”

Don’t remove the primary meaning of a quote.

“Hudl is a company that helps sports teams.”

“Hudl […] helps sports teams.”

Do use ellipses to shorten quotes when they have unnecessary words.

An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a thought you (as the writer) don’t complete for emphasis. However, we don’t recommend using them for this purpose as it can get confusing for the reader. Try an em dash instead.

Last Updated: 19 May 2020 at 3:39pm CDT