Quick Tip. KeyboardFix a Flub with this Editing Tip: Ellipses … and dashes – are oh so tempting, but keep them to a minimum. Used too often, they look sloppy or lazy to an editor.

Ellipses should only be used if a character’s speech is trailing off (and that should only be used once in a long while) or if you’re quoting something and omitting part of the quotation.

Dashes are used to set off a portion of a sentence that adds information but isn’t crucial to the meaning of the sentence.

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See you next week for the Grammar Owl’s take on a grammar/word use question! If you have a question you’d like the Owl to tackle, you can leave it in the comments, or send an to the Grammar Owl at mail (at) flubs2fixes (dot) com.