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10.1.10. Ellipsis

An ellipsis is three points indicating an omission in the text. If an ellipsis falls at the end of a sentence there is no final full stop. However, if followed by another punctuation mark (e.g. question mark, colon, semicolon or quotation mark), the punctuation mark should be closed up to the ellipsis.

When placed at the beginning of the text, it is followed by a normal space.
When replacing one or more words in the middle of a sentence, it is preceded by a hard space and followed by a normal space.
When replacing one or more words at the end of a sentence, it is preceded by a hard space.

The points are not enclosed in brackets:

‘The objectives of the Union shall be achieved … while respecting the principle of subsidiarity.’

However, see Section 5.10 on the use of the ellipsis in a quotation to replace a line or paragraph of the text.

Do not use an ellipsis to replace or reinforce the word ‘etc’.

Last updated: 22.4.2015
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