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 ellipsis
Quietly, we tiptoed along the dark, narrow hallway...
She reluctantly opened the box and found...little baby 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!"