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Use an Ellipsis to Indicate a Pause or Break

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Use an Ellipsis to Indicate a Pause or Break Answer Key

1. 
An ellipsis can show the passage of time or an unfinished thought.
2. 
What is an ellipsis?
  • Sample answer: Three evenly spaced dots used to show an omission, a pause, or the passage of time.
3. 
What does the ellipsis in the following sentence indicate?

"I wonder...," mused Sydney.
  1. The passage of time
  2. An unfinished thought
  3. None of the above
4. 
What does the ellipsis in the following sentence indicate?

Erica thought and thought... then thought some more.
  1. The passage of time
  2. An unfinished thought
  3. None of the above
5. 
What does the ellipsis in the following sentence indicate?

Well...I...I just can't go to the dance with you on Friday.
  1. The passage of time
  2. An unfinished thought
  3. None of the above
6. 
What does the ellipsis in the following sentence indicate?

"Newton...created the laws of motion..."(Johnson, 39).
  1. The passage of time
  2. An unfinished thought
  3. None of the above
7. 
What does the ellipsis in the following sentence indicate?

Maybe we should...
  1. The passage of time
  2. An unfinished thought
  3. None of the above
8. 
Where would you insert an ellipsis to show the passage of time in the following sentence?

Weeks later Erica's mom remembered to bake cupcakes for her birthday.
  1. After later
  2. After weeks
  3. After cupcakes
  4. None of the above
9. 
Write a sentence that uses an ellipsis to show the passage of time.
  • Answers will vary.
10. 
Write a sentence that uses an ellipsis to show an unfinished thought.
  • Answers will vary.

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