ellipsis (dot dot dot)


Also called drama dots.

A single character, not . . . (period space period space period).

Indicates missing text.

Preceded and followed by a single space: x … y

At the end of a sentence, or when used in conjunction with a comma, question mark or exclamation mark, the preceding space is dropped.

x…. Y (end of sentence, 4 dots total)


Rarely used: x,… y or x…, y 

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Mac: alt-;

Keyboard longcuts

Windows: alt+0133 on the numberpad.

Part of a series on punctuation.