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Ellipses - English Language Punctuation - class-V

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Complete the conversation with a suitable elliptical sentence:
Zeeshan: I don't think the glass is looking clean.
Sahil: _____________

  1. So do I.

  2. I do too.

  3. Neither do I.

  4. Do you?


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

I do not plan to take a holiday tomorrow.

  1. So do I.

  2. I do too.

  3. Neither do I.

  4. Do you?


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Complete the conversation with a suitable response:
A: Uncle Simon plays the guitar very well.
B: ______________

  1. Should he?

  2. Does he?

  3. Can he?

  4. Won't he?


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: Negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option B is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

My shoes are not new at all.

  1. Neither are mine.

  2. Mine are not either.

  3. So are mine.

  4. Mine are too.


Correct Option: A,B
Explanation:

Not either= neither. Negative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A and B are correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Make the use of ellipses to shorten the paragraph:
"I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man, winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I threw upon it faded away. I see him, fore-most of just judges and honoured men, bringing a boy of my name, with a forehead that I know and golden hair, to this place- then fair to look upon, with not a trace of this day's disfigurement- and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and faltering voice." - A Tale of Two Cities

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. "I see ... and faltering voice."

  3. "I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man, winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine ... I see him, foremost of just judges and honoured men ... to this place- then fair to look upon, with not a trace of this day's disfigurement- and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and faltering voice."

  4. "I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man, winning his way up in that path of life which once was ... I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I ... and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and faltering voice."


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
An ellipsis indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. It is useful in getting right to the point without delay or distraction.
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer will be  Option C. The other remaining options are incorrect.
Option B and D do not carry the same meaning as the paragraph.





Select the most suitable response to the given question:
I did not get a wink of sleep last night.

  1. Neither did I.

  2. So did I.

  3. I did too.

  4. Did you?


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

I have bought a brand new bag.

  1. I did too.

  2. Neither did I.

  3. I did not either.

  4. Did you?


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: affirmative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

Will you sell the house next month?

  1. No, I cannot.

  2. Yes, I can.

  3. No, I will not.

  4. Yes, I will.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: Yes, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option D is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Complete the conversation with a suitable elliptical sentence:
Anusha: I prefer the light pink scarf to the yellow one.
Apeksha: _______________.

  1. I prefer the light pink scarf too

  2. Neither did I

  3. So do I

  4. I did not either


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: affirmative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

I think she is a very bright student.

  1. Neither do I

  2. I do not either.

  3. So do I.

  4. Do you?


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: affirmative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the most suitable response to the given question:
Will you be ordering food to the house?

  1. No, I will not.

  2. Yes, I should.

  3. No, I cannot.

  4. Yes, I can.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: yes, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

Will you type up the new document quickly?

  1. Yes, I will.

  2. No, I will not.

  3. Yes, I can.

  4. No, I cannot.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: No, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option B is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

Are you going to write your grandfather a letter?

  1. Yes, I am.

  2. No, I am not.

  3. Yes, I will.

  4. No, I will not.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: No, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option B is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Choose the best answer (in the affirmative) to the following question:
Did the man cross the road safely?

  1. No, he did not.

  2. Yes, he did.

  3. No, he could not.

  4. Yes, he could.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: Yes, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Rahul broke his mother's favourite vase with a cricket ball. His mother said, 'You... You... Get out of the house."

What does the ellipsis indicate in the sentence above?

  1. trailing angry thought

  2. kind words

  3. no expression

  4. appreciation


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

It is pretty obvious from the context that Rahul's mother is dangerously angry with his because he has broken her favourite vase. Therefore, she won't be saying him anything kind or appreciate him for what he has done. She is so angry that she can't figure out with what fit words she should scold him. So, out of anger she tells him to get out of the house. Thus, the ellipsis suggest a trailing angry thought. Hence, Option A is correct.

Put ellipsis (...) in the correct place in the following sentence.

I thought but I couldn't speak.

  1. after 'thought'

  2. after 'speak'

  3. before 'I'

  4. NO change


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Option A is correct because the substance of the thought has been kept silent
Option B is incorrect because the action is firmly completed
Option C is incorrect because this is an independent sentence and not a part of a continuation
Option D is incorrect as the ellipsis is missing

What do the three dots in the sentence suggest?
She opened the door and saw . . . a cake!

  1. a trailing thought

  2. an omission

  3. repetition

  4. figure of speech


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

It obviously suggests a trailing thought. She opened the door with the expectation that someone must be at the door but she sees a cake to her surprise. Thus, Option A is correct and the other options cancel out.

State whether the statement is true or false..

I was thinking... well... may be I could join you all tonight. 
The usage of ellipsis is correct.
  1. True

  2. False


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

There is a pause in the thought process and even after saying 'well', the speaker thinks. That is why the usage of the ellipses is correct.

How many dots make an ellipsis?

  1. two

  2. four

  3. three

  4. five


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
An ellipsis is made of three dots called ellipsis points. Ellipses are exactly three dots, not two or four or five. Hence, Option C is correct.

Identify the underlined punctuation:


Ram said to his mother, "I have failed in the exam."
Mother said, "I... I am out of words. I... don't know what to say."

  1. ellipsis

  2. semi colon

  3. hyphen

  4. colon


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Option A is correct as ellipsis is three dots like (...)
Option B is incorrect as semi colon is a dot with a comma below it like ( ; )
Option C is incorrect because hyphen is a small dash like ( - )
Option D is incorrect because it looks like one dot on the top of another ( : )

Put ellipsis (...) in the correct place in the following sentence:-

You can defend the fort but you cannot . I'll take it away from you.

  1. NO change

  2. after "cannot"

  3. after "you can"

  4. before "cannot"


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

An ellipsis is a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.

In this case, it's clearly visible that after 'cannot' there will be an ellipsis as it's pretty clear that the speaker has something in his mind which he doesn't wish to say because he knows that the one who is listening to him has already understood what he actually wants to say. The speaker wants to say 'You can defend the fort but you cannot (win). I'll take it away from you.' So, Option B is correct and the other options cancel out.

What does an ellipsis indicate?

  1. repetition

  2. omission

  3. phrase 

  4. clause


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

An ellipsis is a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. Thus, Option B is correct and the others are not.

Put ellipsis (...) in the correct place in the following sentence:-

Mother : Why are you ?

Son (interrupting) : Bye.

  1. after 'why'

  2. NO change

  3. after 'Bye'

  4. after 'you'


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

An ellipsis is a series of dots, typically three, that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.
In this case, the son interrupts his mother and doesn't let her complete her words which obviously get lost in thin air. So, the ellipsis has to be put after 'you' to signify the unsaid words of the mother. Hence, Option D is correct.

Say whether the statement is True or False:

He thought to himself... but couldn't say a word.
 The position of the ellipsis is correct.
  1. True

  2. False


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Option A is correct. The ellipsis here signifies the suppressed thought.

Choose the option that indicates a change in mood or trailing off of thought:

  1. I was going to call you back, but... .

  2. Could you repeat what you just said?

  3. We went for a movie ... then we came back home early.

  4. I've worked so hard on this presentation : let's hope it goes well.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
An ellipsis is used to indicate omission or trailing off thought. This function of the punctuation ellipsis is well described in Option A. The remaining options do not describe trailing off of thought.

Choose the option that expresses a change of mood or trailing off of thought:

  1. I ate too much food, so I couldn't sleep too well.

  2. I ate some chicken, soup ... . I'm too sleepy.

  3. Today has been a relaxed day for Elena; she didn't work as much as she'd like to.

  4. No option


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
An ellipsis is used to indicate omission or trailing off thought. This function of the punctuation ellipsis is well described in Option B. The remaining options do not describe trailing off of thought.

Make the use of ellipses to shorten the lines:
"She thought of Mycah again and her eyes filled with tears. Her fault, her fault, her fault. If she had never asked him to play at swords with her ... ."- A Song of Ice and Fire

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. "She thought of Mycah again and her eyes filled with tears ... If she had never asked him to play at swords with her ... ."

  3. "She thought of Mycah again and her eyes filled with tears. Her ... If she had never asked him to play at swords with her ... ."

  4. "She ... ."


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
An ellipsis is used to indicate omission or trailing off thought. This function of the punctuation ellipsis is well described in Option B. The remaining options do not describe trailing off of thought.

Re-write the given lines by using the ellipses at the end of the sentence:
"In his last years Muggs used to spend practically all of his time outdoors. He didn't like to stay in the house for some reason or other- perhaps it held too many unpleasant memories for him."- The Dog That Bit People

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. "In his last years Muggs used to spend practically all of his time outdoors. He didn't like to stay in the house for some reason or other- perhaps it held too many unpleasant memories for him... ."

  3. "In his last years Muggs used to spend practically all of his time outdoors ... unpleasant memories for him."

  4. "In his last years Muggs used to spend practically all of his time outdoors. He didn't like to stay in the house for some reason or other... ."


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
An ellipsis is used to indicate omission or trailing off thought. This function of the punctuation ellipsis is well described in Option C. The remaining options do not describe trailing off of thought.

Re-write the sentence using an ellipses:
Vikas Khanna, an award winning Michelin starred Indian chef, is one of the judges on Masterchef India.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. Vikas Khanna ... is one of the judges on Masterchef India.

  3. Vikas Khanna (an award winning Michelin starred Indian chef) is one of the judges on Masterchef India.

  4. Vikas Khanna - an award winning Michelin starred Indian chef - is one of the judges on Masterchef India.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
An ellipsis is used to indicate omission or trailing off thought. This function of the punctuation ellipsis is well described in Option B. The remaining options do not describe trailing off of thought.

From the given options, which punctuation mark is an ellipses?

  1. ,

  2. .

  3. . . .

  4. :


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

An ellipses is a punctuation mark that is used to indicate a missing word or phrase, without which the sentence is still complete in meaning. It is represented by three dots '...', hence option C is correct. The punctuation ',' is a comma; it indicates a pause between the parts of a sentence, hence option A is incorrect. The punctuation '.' is a full stop which is used at the end of a sentence, or for abbreviations like 'eg., Mr.', hence option B is incorrect. The punctuation ':' is a colon that precedes an explanation or list, for eg., 'bring these things with you tomorrow: a water bottle, an extra pair of clothes and some snacks.' Hence option D is incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

I did not notice that the lights are on at the house.

  1. So did I.

  2. Neither did I.

  3. I did too.

  4. Did you?


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Negative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option B is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

I finished the book last night.

  1. Neither did I.

  2. I did not either.

  3. Did you?

  4. I did too.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: affirmative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option D is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

I was not able to find a dress I liked.

  1. I did too.

  2. So could I.

  3. I didn't either.

  4. Neither was I.


Correct Option: C,D
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: negative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C and D are correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

Are you able to continue till midnight?

  1. Yes, I am.

  2. No, I am not.

  3. Yes, I do.

  4. No, I do not.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: yes,  subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

I found the freshest vegetables in the market.

  1. Neither did I.

  2. I did not either.

  3. So did I.

  4. Did you?


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: affirmative word+ subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option C is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

Are you going to watch the film?

  1. Yes, I am.

  2. No, I am not.

  3. Are you?

  4. Yes, I can.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: Yes, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Therefore Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect. 

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the affirmative in response to the following:

Will you be present in school tomorrow?

  1. Yes, I will.

  2. No, I will not.

  3. Yes, I do.

  4. No, I do not.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Affirmative answers have the following structure: Yes,  subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option A is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Select the best ellipsis/short answer in the negative in response to the following:

Will you be out tonight?

  1. Yes, I do.

  2. No, I don't.

  3. Yes, I will.

  4. No, I won't.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Negating answers have the following structure: Yes, subject+auxiliary verb in the same tense as the question. Hence Option D is correct. The rest of the options do not adhere to the rule, hence incorrect.

Identify which option contains an ellipses at the end of the sentence:

  1. I ... don't know how ... it just happened.

  2. Do you suppose ... she did this on purpose?

  3. "She thought of Mycah again and her eyes filled with tears. Her fault, her fault, her fault. If she had never asked him to play at swords with her ... ."

  4. No option


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Ellipsis is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. It is used to show omission of words in the middle of sentence. It shows speaker has trailed off and left a sentence. Option C is the answer which has ellipses as the end of the sentence. Thus, option C is correct according to the rule. 

Choose the ellipsis mark in the given sentence:
Oh... I didn't know what happened that night, all seemed fine when I left.

  1. .

  2. ...

  3. ,

  4. None of the above


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Ellipsis is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. It is used to show omission of words in the middle of sentence. It shows speaker has trailed off and left a sentence. Thus, option B is correct. 

Choose the sentence that contains an ellipses:

  1. Last night, we couldn't sleep well.

  2. Last night; we couldn't sleep well.

  3. Last night ... we couldn't sleep well.

  4. No option


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Ellipsis is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. It is used to show omission of words in the middle of sentence. It shows speaker has trailed off and left a sentence. Thus, option C is correct according to the rule. 

Re-write the sentence using an ellipses:
In the morning, after we finished our breakfast, we went for a movie.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. In the morning, after we finished our breakfast; we went for a movie.

  3. In the morning ... we went for a movie.

  4. In the morning (after we finished our breakfast) we went for a movie.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Ellipsis is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. It is used to show omission of words in the middle of sentence. It shows speaker has trailed off and left a sentence. Thus, option C is correct according to the rule where 'after we finished our breakfast' has been omitted. . 

Identify the sentence/s with an error:

  1. I had never imagined . . . .

  2. He said, "I like cakes, candies and chocolates . . . ."

  3. I still cannot believe you did that . . . !

  4. I remember I saw my wallet somewhere . . .


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

The ellipses is a punctuation mark, marked by three dots '. . .' and indicates an omission of a word or phrase. While quoting material, you generally want to include only information that is relevant to your work, and omit the remaining irrelevant part. This is done by replacing it with an ellipses. It is also used in informal writing to represent the 'trailing off' of thought, like all the options given. In options A, B and C the sentences end with an ellipses '. . . ' and a full stop '.', hence they all end with four dots. The sentence in D has the ellipses but the full stop is missing. As we need to identify the option with the error, we choose option D, and A, B and C being correct, do not have to be chosen.

Choose the sentence which contains an ellipses:

  1. She brought home a cute, small puppy.

  2. Jason went to the market to buy the following fruits: apples, pears, and some mangoes.

  3. Oh no! If only i had...

  4. Mr. Bakshi will be here any moment; please keep the conference room ready.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

An ellipsis is a punctuation mark that is used to indicate a missing word or phrase, without which the sentence is still complete in meaning. It is represented by three dots '. . .' and this is seen in option C; the ellipses here a trailing off of thought. Hence option C is correct. The punctuation marks seen in option A are a comma ',' and a full stop, the former indicates a pause in a sentence and the latter ends a sentence. In option B we spot a colon mark ':' which precedes a list, like the one given ("apples, pears and some mangoes"), a comma ',' and a full stop. In option D we spot a semi-colon ';' (when the clause that follows is independent) and a full stop. We don't spot the ellipses '. . .' in options A, B and D, hence they're incorrect.

Correct the ellipses with the help of the options given, if required.


"I'm not sure what I should do . .," he said.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. should do . . .,"

  3. should do .,"

  4. should do . . . .,"


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

An ellipsis is a punctuation mark that is used to indicate a missing word or phrase, without which the sentence is still complete in meaning. It is represented by three dots '. . .'. In the given sentence, the ellipses has an error, because there are only two dots seen, hence it needs to be changed and option A is incorrect. "Should do . . .," has the correct form of an ellipses, hence option B is correct. "Should do .," has a full stop, it doesn't have an ellipses, hence option C is incorrect. "Should do . . . .," has four dots in its ellipses, whereas it's supposed to have three, hence option D is incorrect.

Choose the option(s) that describes the function of ellipsis

  1. It helps save space or remove material that is less relevant.

  2. It is used to emphasize a word or phrase at the end of the sentence.

  3. It is used to represent a trailing off of thought.

  4. It is used to end a sentence.


Correct Option: A,C
Explanation:

The ellipses is a punctuation mark, marked by three dots '. . .' and indicates an omission of a word or phrase. While quoting material, you generally want to include only information that is relevant to your work, and omit the remaining irrelevant part. This is done by replacing it with an ellipses. It is also used in informal writing to represent the trailing off of thought, for example, 'I still can't believe he...'. Hence options A and C are correct. Option B states the function of a colon mark ':', for example, 'There's only one thing you can do now: run!'. Option D states the function of a full stop '.'. Since options B and D do not state the functions of ellipses, they're incorrect.

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