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Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #1 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 14:57 pm   Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

“The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless [...].”

"[...]." above indicates omission of words at the end of a sentence, and fourth dot (outside the ending bracket) is the proper terminal punctuation.

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“This is beautiful country [...]”

"[...]" (minus the fourth dot outside the second bracket) indicates that the sentence deliberately trailed off; hence, no fourth dot outside the second bracket.

Are these uses of the sentence-ending bracketed ellipses correct? I would say, logically, yes.
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Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #2 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 15:41 pm   Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

Why would you bracket the ellipses at all?

“The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless ...”
“This is beautiful country ...”
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Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #3 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 16:35 pm   Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

Because I prefer it. Are the examples correct? Thanks.
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Re: Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #4 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 18:11 pm   Re: Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

Strictly speaking, square brackets should be used if you have replaced words by an ellipsis, but not if the ellipsis is present in the original. However, many people would not bother with the square brackets, especially in less formal contexts.
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Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #5 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 19:04 pm   Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

Could somebody just please answer the question whether the two examples are correct. I'm receiving everything but. Thank you.
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Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions #6 (permalink) Sun Apr 07, 2013 21:30 pm   Two 'Bracketed Ellipses' Questions
 

Sorry, I don't know the answer -- to be honest, I'm not sure I even understand the question -- but in the second case, if the sentence "deliberately trailed off", i.e. the ellipsis was present in the original, then you should not use square brackets at all.
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