Ellipses Worksheet

Category: Punctuation

Use this Ellipses Worksheet to check your ability to properly use this punctuation. Each of the exercises requires you to shorten a quote with the correct use of an ellipsis that does not alter the meaning of the original quote.

Ellipses Worksheet

Instructions

For each of the examples below, use a portion of the quote to create a direct quote that requires an ellipses. Make sure that the meaning of the quote is not altered when portions of it are omitted.

  • “There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and
    of our thoughts, as well as our success.” – George Burton Adams
    Shortened with an ellipses:

  • “Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.” – Abraham Lincoln
    Shortened with an ellipses:

  • “One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” – Albert Einstein
    Shortened with an ellipses:

  • “The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion… It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” – Alexander Graham Bell
    Shortened with an ellipses:

  • “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Shortened with an ellipses: