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    correct use of ellipses in book dedication

    Which of the following dedications is correct (4 dots after the last word or 3)?

    This book is dedicated to Jenny Bohren. Her support throughout its development was immeasurable . . .

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    This book is dedicated to Jenny Bohren. Her support throughout its development was immeasurable . . . .

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    Re: correct use of ellipses in book dedication

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray J View Post
    Which of the following dedications is correct (4 dots after the last word or 3)?

    This book is dedicated to Jenny Bohren. Her support throughout its development was immeasurable . . .

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    This book is dedicated to Jenny Bohren. Her support throughout its development was immeasurable. . . .
    There are different guidelines. It's usually four dots at the end of a sentence, three within.
    Ellipsis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But I don't understand what you're ellipting here.

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    Re: correct use of ellipses in book dedication

    I would strongly recommend not using an ellipses at all. What are you omitting?

    Just use a period and end the sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: correct use of ellipses in book dedication

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would strongly recommend not using an ellipses at all. What are you omitting?

    Just use a period and end the sentence.
    I agree. But I think the ellipsis was supposed to indicate the omission of something like '...many other things that I find it impossible to express' - a rather romantical use of punctuation, which many people find indispensable [often people who dot their Is with a naive icon representing a flower] and many other people find meaningless.

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