The ellipsis seems to be one of the most alluring punctuation symbols, and I see it misused everywhere. From student papers to billboards to everyday e-mails and chat logs, the ellipsis is tossed in willy-nilly and often extends to four, five, or even six dots.

I have to tell you, an extended ellipsis is just a bunch of dots.

The ellipsis—three consecutive dots—serves some specific purposes in writing.

If used correctly, an ellipsis can be quite effective, if not, it can be downright confusing.

Some of the right ways to use an ellipsis include… (see that, it works!):

Correct punctuation is crucial in pretty much any form of written content. Let’s look at two types of punctuation that seem to cause a lot of problems: commas and hyphens.

There are many fun quotes and phrases out there that highlight the importance of using them accurately. One of my favourite examples that shows the importance of correct comma usage is the following:

Let’s eat Grandma!

Let’s eat, Grandma!