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Use Ellipses

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use ellipses to punctuate sentences correctly, in order to indicate that a word is missing from the sentence.

Worksheet Overview

When writing, we can use an ellipsis, shown as '...' to indicate to our reader that a word or phrase is missing.


An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive dots ...


There are a few reasons why we may use an ellipsis, these include:

A word or phrase has been deliberately missed out

To create a pause to build tension for effect

To allow a sentence to trail off

To show a character's 'unfinished thought'

Examples of how to use an ellipsis:

Quietly, we tiptoed along the dark, narrow hallway...

She reluctantly opened the box and found...tiny little kittens!

"Do you think I can do it? I'm not sure if I..." whispered Sally.

Mr Taylor declared, "I enjoyed the trip immensely...it's the perfect place for a fun, family day out!"


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In this activity, you will look at how to use ellipses.

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