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hello grammarians hello David hello Paige so in this video we're gonna talk about a piece of punctuation called the ellipses or ellipses in the plural form as we have here so what what is an ellipses so an ellipses is a punctuation mark that is actually made up of three periods with spaces in between them boop-boop-boop it has two main uses okay use number one it indicates a pause in speech so like when you said hello David and I said hello Paige right so that that ellipses in the middle shows that you're pausing when you're speaking so like there's a lot of reasons why you might pause in your speech you might be hesitating or thinking or just whatever the case may be you can you can use an ellipsis to to show that you're pausing right and usage number two for the ellipsis is that it shows that a portion of quoted material has been taken out why would you take some of a quote out so we have here Paige you have chosen a quote from the renowned wizard and orator Albus Dumbledore and he says words are in my not so humble opinion our most inexhaustible source of magic if you wanted you could kind of take out that aside that in my not so humble opinion yeah I don't have a lot of space on this screen so I don't want to write that whole thing so I can say words are ellipses our most inexhaustible source of magic so okay so Paige I have a question yeah why do we even need this one can't you just say words are our most inexhaustible source of magic that's a great question so if I quote someone and I just sort of willy-nilly take words out without indicating that I've taken some information out of the quote I can make it seem like someone said something totally different to what they actually said right it can it can be so easy to to misconstrue someone's actual words so this shows that this isn't exactly what Albus Dumbledore said but it's the point that I want to get across with my quote somebody says I think so so you're saying that there's kind of like a like an six question here great so how do we like accurately reproduce someone's words without without misrepresenting them totally so it shows that you have messed with it somehow yes exactly but that you're you're calling out the fact that you've cut out pieces so that people don't necessarily get the wrong idea totally well I think there is kind of an art to using an ellipsis right yeah I agree you know you could you could use it in you know technically wherever you want when you're when you're quoting someone if you want to take something out but if you use it over and over or in the wrong places you can you can still misrepresent what a person was saying if you wanted to you could render that sentence words are my opinion why if you didn't use ellipses you could just render that however you please cuz those are words that were said approximately in that order right yeah without ellipses all that without ellipses okay you can just be like words are my opinion mm-hmm and that's not that's not exactly what Dumbledore said right great no that's not what he was saying at all those are some of the words he said but that's not the idea he was trying to get across so you you have this responsibility with ellipses to do the right thing to really represent the way that somebody speaks accurately yeah definitely let's let's talk about the end of someone's sentence and I want to indicate that at some point after I've cut off the end of the sentence the sentence ends where do I put that extra period or do I need an extra period right okay so let's say our sentence is something like I like cheese although I'm more partial to a Wensleydale than I am to a cheddar or a Stilton okay I might want to just be able to write that sentence as I like cheese ellipses period right yeah so so we're still including the terminal punctuation in this sentence yes to show that it ends after the ellipsis rate yeah that ellipsis there is showing that stuff has been removed right from this quote and then that final period is showing that it's the end of a sentence just like it normally does because like the ellipsis you know looks just like three periods but it is its own thing and doesn't stand in as a period so that's what so if we didn't have that final period we just sort of look like you were trailing off like there was a pause I like cheese yeah there there would be no end to that sentence right but those are the two functions of ellipses Tennyson it indicates a pause in speech like hello page or chose that a portion of quoted material has been taken out yeah like words are our most inexhaustible source of magic that was a great Dumbledore impression thank you baby learn anything okay Albus out page out cool