Here’s How to Properly Use an Ellipsis, According to AP Style

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Here’s How to Properly Use an Ellipsis, According to AP Style

 

 

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Allison Carter, Ragan Communications

The ellipsis is a useful but often misused punctuation mark. It’ most used for indicating that something has been removed from a quote, but their actual usage can be a bit tricky.

Let’s take a dive back into the wonderful world of AP style.

How do I write an ellipsis?

In AP style, an ellipsis is three periods with a space on either side. Like … so. You need both the spaces and all three periods.

However, ellipses are often combined with other punctuation marks, including periods. This is confusing since ellipses are also periods.

If a full sentence comes before your ellipsis, just put a space between the period and your ellipsis: I want to be the very best, like no one ever was. … To tame them is my cause.

Same procedure if the sentence ends with another punctuation mark, like a question mark or colon: mark, space, ellipsis.

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