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Hi,

Can anyone tell me if it is correct to leave white spaces around an ellipsis?

"I don't want to go in there...I don't know what's in there."

or

"I don't want to go in there ... I don't know what's in there."

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Mister Micawber

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From tdol's reference, one opinion:

'leave one space after words, commas, semicolons and between dots in ellipsis marks.'

This suggests that the first dot of the ellipsis abuts the previous word; then a space between the first dot and the 2nd dot; then a space between the 2nd dot and the 3rd dot; then the 3rd dot abuts the following word if the sentence continues. If the sentence ends there, one space between the 3rd dot and the period would seem to be called for.

...Got that?
 

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Mister Micawber said:
From tdol's reference, one opinion:

'leave one space after words, commas, semicolons and between dots in ellipsis marks.'

This suggests that the first dot of the ellipsis abuts the previous word; then a space between the first dot and the 2nd dot; then a space between the 2nd dot and the 3rd dot; then a space between the 3rd dot and the following word if the sentence continues. If the sentence ends there, one space between the 3rd dot and the period.

I got lost after the '2nd dot'. :lol: :lol: An example or two wouldn't hurt. :oops:
 

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Me too. . . .
 

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Mister Micawber said:
Me too. . . .

Doesn't "Me, too" stand for something else. That is, shouldn't the dots be here:

Pat: I like cake.
Sam: As for me, I like cake, too.
Sam: . . . me, . . ., too. :?:

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You'll never get a job as a scriptwriter, Cass.
 
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