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I have a question about the following sentence:

"Sweets are not necessary for surviving but bread and water are."

I would like to know if I can end this sentence with "are" (without extension of "are necessary for surviving".

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Yes, it is.

(Notice how I didn't bother to include "a correct sentence" after the word is.)

That said, I might restructure that sentence in a more formal context, such as an academic paper: Unlike bread and water, sweets are not necessary for survival.

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