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Using Ellipses

Watching TV

An ellipsis ( . . . ) has two basic uses:

To Show a Pause in Dialogue

"Did I find that joke funny? Well . . . um . . . not exactly."

To Show Omitted Words

"Once a staple of the American sitcom . . . laugh tracks . . . have largely gone extinct."

"Adding a laugh track to a television show makes viewers feel . . . they’re in a room full of laughing, happy people."

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