Learn English – How to quote nonconsecutive sentences from a lengthy quote

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I am writing a book compiling multiple quotes from various authors. On occasion I do not want to use all of the quote; maybe 2 or 3 lines at the beginning; one in the middle; one in the end. Do I need to call that out by "… ??

Best Answer

An ellipsis of three dots (. . .) is routinely used to indicate an omission within a sentence or paragraph. When entire sentences are omitted from a quote, a four dot ellipsis (. . . .) is usually used, and it is usually put on a separate line from both the preceding and following sections of the quote.

[Note: This is an observation. I am still searching for an authority for this proposition.]