Ellipsis at the end of utterance is one of the most difficult expressions for Japanese language learners’ acquisition process as the sentences are delivered without fully being completed.
This research aimed to investigate the phenomenon of ellipsis at the end of utterance by request expressions through business drama from a form and interpersonal relationship context. To identify the use of ellipsis at the end of utterance in the business drama, the researcher has first compared the direct expressions and ellipsis at the end of utterances. The ellipsis at the end of utterance were analyzed based on the “Iiowari” suggested by Shirakawa (2009). 41 request expressions were notified while 69 ellipsis at the end of utterance were reported, showing that ellipsis at the end of utterance were more frequently used during requesting scenes context. In a context of “inferior a superior”, frequent ellipsis at the end of utterance were mostly used in consideration to the relationship of “inferior a superior” as they were perceived to favor “soft/polite expression”.