My English teacher said this is not a complete sentence:

I like white and yellow colours, so are my clothes.

She completed my sentence with a few more words in red colour:

I like white and yellow colors, so are my clothes are these colours.

I have learnt of some elliptical sentences,
but I have never seen any example sentences that are written that way (the 2nd sentence).

Can you tell me what kind of grammar / sentence construction it is, please?
I want to learn more about it.

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    Apr 22, 2017 at 15:45

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Neither of the sentences is correct.

It would be correct simply to state:

I like white and yellow colours/colors.

But then you need to link this sentence to the clause about your clothes:

I like white and yellow colours, so my clothes are these colours

omitting the first are ahead of my clothes.

Alternatively, you might write:

I like white and yellow colours, so my clothes are white and yellow.

To write: So are my clothes is a way of starting to ask a question about your clothes.

To write: So my clothes are is a way of starting to make a statement about your clothes.

An elliptical sentence is a sentence in which some information, that is missing from the sentence, is understood. You will find many examples if you search online.

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    Thank you Ronald Sole for your help. I have read your answer, but I am not quite sure if I can understand it. You wrote in your answer, "To write: So are my clothes is a way of starting to ask a question about your clothes.", what about this sentence, "Tom likes apples, so do I.", does this mean that I am ask a question about apple? (But I do like apples.)
    – kitty
    Apr 21, 2017 at 16:23
  • @kitty The issue arises here because the word so can act in different ways. It can be one of several parts of speech. In your example, so do I" means *I do as well where so acts as an adjective. But you could also write: So, do I look OK in this dress? Or: *So are my clothes suitable? You are asking a question. Here so in an interjection leading to a question. It depends on the context. Apr 21, 2017 at 18:39
  • @RonaldSole This may be nitpicking, but isn't so in your example actually an adverb (not an adjective)? "Tom likes apples, so do I" means the same as "Tom likes apples, and I similarly do," and similarly is definitely an adverb, modifying 'do [like].' I believe that so modifies 'do [like]' as well, and not the pronoun 'I'. May 20, 2023 at 16:56

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