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For questions about constructing sentences that omit redundant words when parts are connected with a conjunction. For example, "The dog barked and the dog wagged its tail." -> "The dog barked and wagged its tail." or "The man cleaned his shoes and shined his shoes." -> "The man cleaned and shined his shoes."

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You can be famous but not be a celebrity

This is from a school task: You can be famous but not be a celebrity. What they mean is: You can be famous without being a celebrity. Can some people (depending on prosody?) interpret (1) to mean (...
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"Backshift - ​the changing of a tense when reporting what somebody said." — There is no subject for the verb "reporting". Is it omitted?

cambridge.org: (1) We don’t use a question mark when reporting wh-questions. As far as I understand, the dependent clause "reporting wh-questions" doesn't have a subject because the subject ...
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"I am..., and am..." or "I am..., and I am..."

A) I am eager to learn more about the position, and grateful for this opportunity to meet the sales team in person. B) I am eager to learn more about the position, and am grateful for this opportunity ...
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"This might occur when a male and female horse see each other." — Why is it correct to use the singular "horse" with the plural "see" here?

an excerpt from the book "Walking the Way of the Horse", page 111: ... horses can use their front legs and hooves to strike at other horses. This might occur when two horses meet for the ...
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To infinitive or not infinitive?

In the following sentence: "My job was to ride all of the horses and then to feed all of those horses." Do I need a "to" before the word "feed?"
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"and" conjunction reduction, multiples adjectives modifying singular noun

Is it proper English to say a psychiatric and an equine experts to refer to two separate experts, a psychiatric one and another equine one? In the following phrase, it's unclear whether we're ...
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In this case, can 'be verb' be omitted?

I am a student learning English. I learned that repetitive subject or verb can be omitted when multiple sentences are connected with conjunctions. Then I found this sentence. Thanks to his action, ...
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John has a ball and Jack a bat [closed]

Is "John has a ball and Jack a bat" correct? Could you also help me complete the following: John, Jack: subjects ball, bat: objects has: [?] a: article What are all the four categories ...
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auxiliary verb after "and"

Shall we use the auxiliary verb again after "and" as in the following case? The data has been collected and has been proved to be significant. or The data has been collected and proved to ...
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Can I omit "and" that links two clauses when speaking?

In speaking, can I just use a comma between the two that-clauses, or do I have to add the word "and" and say "and that make me feel I have no excuse not to work hard." One thing I ...
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Usage of "of" followed by "and"

Here is a sentence. "They’ve asked how your diary looks at the end of this week and next." Does it mean they are asking how my diary looks at the end of this week and at the end of next week?...
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rich or poor vs. whether you are rich or poor

Are the following sentences interchangeable? a. Whether you are rich or poor, I still love you. b. Rich or poor, I still love you.
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How to understand "So with me"

When you find a diamond that belongs to nobody, it is yours. When you discover an island that belongs to nobody, it is yours. When you get an idea before any one else, you take out a patent on it: it ...
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"....in 10 days" or ".....after 10 days."

The text is from BBC web site: "....Under the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-...
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"azure blue sky" and "azure and blue sky"

I'm wondering if there is a difference in acceptability or naturalness between the following phrases: the azure blue sky the azure and blue sky
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Two verbs after a modal verb: should the second verb come with to?

I came across the following sentence: People can play for fun, to win, AND to make money. According to “the rule”, because can is a modal verb, it should be followed by a bare infinitive without to. ...
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Questions about omission of be-verbs, adjectives, and prepositions

My sentence is as follows: The values of the functions f and g are both 1 if ~~~ is equal to 100 and ~~~ is equal to 300, respectively. Can the above sentence be shortened as follows? The values of ...
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Which be form to use after "and" with I?

How are these sentences usually joined using "and"? I am from Asia. I am an English language learner. Is "I am from Asia and am an English language learner" correct? You are ...
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"What you think (that) you know ....."

What You Think You Know About Human Evolution Is Wrong This is a title of an online article. My question is, is the conjunction "that" omitted in the title? I think if it weren't omitted, the title ...
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The second verb "BE" can be omitted after "AND"?

Can a second "BE" verb be omitted after "AND"? For example: This book IS good and IS composed of three chapters. Can the second "IS" be omitted?
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Coordinating Conjunctions + Conjunctive Adverbs

1- Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless interesting Scottish king. (Full version: Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless Alexander II was an interesting ...
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What kind of reduction is in: "...digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret..."? [closed]

When finished with digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret what they have found. What kind of reduction is in my example?
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Conjunction reduction : your address and phone number / your father and your elder brother

How is that you didn't tell us even about your address and phone number ? Are not your father and your brother out of town ? Why is that we have used your just once in first sentence and twice ...
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As simple be it may

"I feel like anything I say, as simple be it may, you're gonna like me". Is the previous sentence grammatically correct? What is the phrase between the two commas usually referred to as? What exactly ...
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"as" in as (is) permitted by law

Is "is" optional in the following? Do a and b have practically the same meaning? Do the as's have the same meaning in the three sentences? a. You can use portions of the text as (is) permitted by ...
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Which is correct: "building 1 and 2" or "buildings 1 and 2"?

Suppose there are two buildings, numbered 1 and 2. Which of the following is correct? Residents in building 1 and 2 ... Residents in buildings 1 and 2 ... And how about Building 1 and 2 are ... ...
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Use subject in every sentence

In this phrase, is necessary the use of "I" twice? I can do it by myself and I believe that will be no problem Could be: I can do it by myself and believe that will be no problem It looks like ...
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Usage of multiple "the"

I know about the general rules to avoid the usage of "the" multiple times. However, I am confused about the usage of 2nd "the" in the below sentence. By default, the retirement age is populated as ...
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Is it correct to delete the subject from this sentence to avoid repetition?

Is it correct to delete the subject from this sentence to avoid repetition? I have OSHA and I am certified from the ministry as a ... I have OSHA and a certified from the ministry as a ...... ...
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Shall I remove "I am" in the second sentence if two sentences are connected by "and" in the middle?

I am a student at State University and I am pursuing a Master Degree. or I am a student at State University and pursuing a Master Degree. Which one is correct?
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Sentence structure: Both + 2 adjectives + noun

Both American and Canadian culture are... Both American and Canadian cultures are... Which sentence is correct?
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The customer was prevented from spending money and (was?) advised to save a certain amount daily

The customer was prevented from spending money and was advised to save a certain amount daily. Can the was in above sentence removed and the sentence still be grammatically correct ? Sorry this is a ...
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Is it necessary to repeat the determiner "the" in the following case?

which is correct as a title: "The river system and the water supply" or "the river system and water supply"? And would you remove all determiners and leave it like this: "River system and water supply"...
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One adjective for two or more nouns

Could we use one adjective for two nouns? Is the following sentence correct? It has low speed and voltage.
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Is it ok to say "when sad, I often eat a lot of cakes"?

I am pretty sure we can say "You can do it when ready." but I am not sure if we can say When sad, I often eat a lot of cakes Of course, we can say I often eat a lot of cakes when I am sad or I often ...
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How to Avoid Repeating a Subject

Question: Is sentence 2 correct? or Can I remove 2nd and 3rd he in sentence 1? Sentence 1: When Jack saw me, he came over to me, he shook hands,... Sentence 2: When Jack saw me, came over to me, ...
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"I hope and (I) wish that the rest of the staff will be like you." [duplicate]

Should I repeat on the pronoun "I" in the following sentence: "I hope and (I) wish that the rest of the staff will be like you." Or is it enough to mention the pronoun in this case one time in the ...
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Does "red apples and bottles" mean "the apples are red and the bottles are red" or "only apples are red"?

What does "Red apples and bottles" mean? The apples are red and the bottles are red too. The apples are red but the color of the bottles is unknown. Which one is right ?
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Shortening "a good boy and a bad boy"

I want to shorten "A good boy and a bad boy" omitting one "boy" because it's being repeated. How can I do that? I mean, which of the followings has the same or similar meaning as "a good boy and a ...
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Shortening plural s

I got a quick question and don't know how to search for it. I want to write The red car and the green car are moving. But it feels inconvenient to repeat the word "car" so my question is, ...