Use ellipses (…) to indicate where words have been removed from direct quotations. Ellipses within a quotation are set off by spaces: “We took the short cut … and got lost.” Ellipses at the end of a sentence follow the period and are set off by a space on either side: “We figured it would be better to take the bus. … It didn’t save much time.” Do not use ellipses at the beginning or end of a quotation.
As a general rule, a speaker’s words should not be omitted or altered except in cases where their message would seem unclear to the reader or too lengthy for the space. Never omit or change words to alter or skew the speaker’s intended message.