Last week started our discussion of the Ellipsis. This week I offer a warning about the ellipsis. It looks like an easy punctuation mark, one that would make our lives as reporters of research simple.
Be careful. The Ellipsis is a deceptive little mark.
It is possible to take a portion of an opening sentence (enough to maintain the writer’s intention) and continue with a portion of a later sentence by using an ellipsis for the link. Possible is not always the best solution.
The best solution is to use all of the portion of a writer’s text that will prove your point. Just quote the entirety of the passage, always remembering the three requirements to avoid plagiarism (quotation marks, citation information, and source information). Continue reading “Punctuation: Ellipsis part 2”