An ellipsis is basically three dots. You may have not heard the word “ellipsis” before, but surely, you’ve seen three dots used before in writing.

So, the main way that these three dots can be used is to show that something has been omitted from a quotation.

So, originally, a speaker said:

This is the time to act, this is the time to move, right now!”

Now, the writer of this paper wanted to include that quotation. However, they wanted to make the sentence shorter, and they didn’t want to include the entire quotation. So, they removed the part that says “this is the time to move“, and put three dots in replace of that phrase that has been removed from the quotation.

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