The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes


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If this is the original text, which option below is the correct use of the ellipsis?

He ran to the store to see if they had his favorite cereal. He read the different boxes. There were so many colors to sort through: blue boxes, red boxes, orange boxes, purple boxes, green boxes, and brown boxes.

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1. Which statement uses an ellipsis correctly?

2. Which of the following sentences should have an en dash?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Punctuation helps convey mood and pacing in a text, and allows the writer to more clearly communicate their ideas. If you can correctly apply ellipses and dashes in text, you can add depth of meaning to your writing. Answer the practice questions in this interactive quiz and worksheet to help you focus in on how to use ellipses and dashes in your writing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on vocabulary and concepts such as:

  • En dash
  • Em dash
  • Correct use of an ellipsis
  • Use of an en dash and em dash in practice statements

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about ellipses, en dashes and em dashes
  • Knowledge application -use your knowledge to answer questions about how to correctly apply punctuation marks in examples of writing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding ellipses and dashes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of ellipses and dashes in text, review the accompanying lesson, The Purpose of the Ellipsis and Dashes. The objectives addressed include:

  • Define ellipsis
  • Know how to use an ellipsis for omitted information
  • Analyze examples of the proper use of ellipses in sample texts
  • Differentiate between en dashes and em dashes
  • Recognize the correct instances when en dashes and em dashes should be employed
  • Analyze the use of en dashes and em dashes in sample texts