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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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  • Please don't tag your questions as [grammar], because it's an officially a deprecated tag. Thank you.
    – M.A.R.
    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

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