Questions tagged [ellipsis]

This tag is for questions about the omission of words that are superfluous and/or can be inferred from context. For the omission of only sounds or syllables, consider the "elision" tag instead.

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"Tom they appointed (as) a manager was …" and "The manager they appointed Tom (as) is …" — Is "as" optional here?

If "as" can be omitted in "verb + object + as + object complement", does "as" remain optional in creating relative clauses? my sentences: (1a) They appointed Tom a ...
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Is it clear where the school and playground are?

According to my grammar book, when using and or but to link clauses, we can make the clauses parallel to each other and omit the repetitive parts. Therefore, in my version, the school must be at the ...
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ellipsis "when he was young" vs "when young"

I have made up the sentences below. (1a) Jack was good-looking when he was young. (1b) Jack was good-looking when young. Is (1b) correct? Thanks.
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Removing "that of" from "A more important subject than that of getting indoors"

This sentence is from "The Return of the Native Book II, Chapter 6" A more important subject than that of getting indoors now engrossed her Can I delete "that of", as in below? ...
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Is find + noun + noun possible?

I don't know whether I can use the construction "find + noun + noun" the way it is used in the following sentence. Do you find "behoove" an archaic word? Is this sentence ...
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Another use of ellipsis in English (not in previous questions)

Today I have come across an English sentence: "It is broken up into many independent countries warring over many issues". Note that there is no comma there. Since "warring" can be ...
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Will go and brush or Will go and will brush?

What's the difference between these? I will go to the bathroom and brush my teeth I will go to the bathroom and will brush my teeth Perhaps one of these sentences is grammatically incorrect. Which ...
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'Having been released in ...' or 'Released in ...'? Is the Perfect Participle Necessary?

Admittedly, there are a few questions similar to this, but I find that the examples are usually compromised by other errors. In these two examples (below), which use participle clauses as supplements, ...
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"You really don't care which one"

I came across the following in an English teaching video: If someone gives you two options to choose from but you really don't care which one, you can say "Either, either". (pronounced /i:...
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Can 'eliminate' be used as intransitive verb?

I know the verb 'eliminate' is used only as a transitive verb. However, I have read some articles which use the verb as an intransitive verb, without any objects. For example, Your dog should find a ...
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"Ann loves Mary but not Kate."= "Ann loves Mary but Kate does not."?

What is the probability of "Ann loves Mary but not Kate." being interpreted as "Ann loves Mary but Kate does not." ? Does prosody change anything here?
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Is the dangling modifier applicable to an infinitive phrase?

Incorrect: To see well, the lights in this room need to be adjusted. niu.edu Correct: To see well, you must adjust the lights in this room. I think the first sentence is a restructuring of : The ...
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as Tom told him not to

Can sentences a, b and c be used instead of sentences a1, b1 and c1? a. He didn't turn off the lights, as Tom told him to. b. He didn't turn off the lights, since Tom told him to. c. He didn't turn ...
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Help me to understand the construction "Why + noun / adjective / adverb ?" in which there is not a verb

I came across the sentence "Why + noun phrase?". This construction is not quite clear to me because it doesn't have a verb. britannica.com: (1a) Why the hurry? What is the full version of (...
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He had or He did

This is a question I saw in an English Grammar test. Who had an apartment? a. Tony did. b. Tony had. c. Tony was. d. Tony has. As far as I know when have means own we use do, does, and did to make ...
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need do nothing but

this question concerns a bit of modality and ellipsis in English. In such constructions as "can do nothing but ", "do/does nothing but" we usually use bare infinitives, but what ...
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In a title, can I omit "are you"? "(Are you) worried about climate change?"

I am a copywriter writing mainly in English, but this is not my native language. I'm using tools like Grammarly to make sure I make as few mistakes as possible and try to google my problems, but this ...
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"For me" — necessary or not?

He works too slowly(for me)to be much use to me. Can (for me)It be omitted, (I think It can be omitted because "to me" give that information.
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and I read the one on physics

a. He read the boring article on biology and I read the one on physics. Was the article I read necessarily boring? b. He read the boring articles on biology and I read those on physics. Were the ...
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What phrase is omitted after "as advanced" in this context?

This is from a news article : As years went by, some researchers began to wonder if radiation was still necessary. Chemotherapy, surgery and medical imaging had improved, and patients were being ...
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Strange omission of "to be": "The ground was hard and the rime thick and crisp on the grass."

I encountered this sentence in Cambridge Dictionary: The ground was hard and the rime thick and crisp on the grass. I can't figure it out why there's no any verb after "the rime". It just ...
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How can "Ah! That's such a cop out because now I have to create a conversation." be rephrased? Is it ellipted?

I am not sure I understand what this means: I remember boys at school texting me asking me "How's things?". I just remember thinking, "Ah! That's such a cop out because now I have to ...
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What better than to

(It is so easy to pick up fruits at the market when they are plentiful and so fresh during their seasonal time.) So what better than to turn them into a lovely jam, jelly, or even a marmalade to ...
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Can we omit the subject and object at the same time?

Can we omit the subject and object at the same time? example: Although he is hurt by her, he still loves her. (nothing omitted) Although hurt by her, he still loves her. (subject omitted only) ...
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how to understand the "to his" in this sentence

In my own research, complaints from women about their husbands most often focused not on tangible inequities such as having given up the chance for a career to accompany a husband to his. Hello, ...
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the courtesy of explaining himself [closed]

Can one say a. I am giving him the courtesy of explaining himself. instead of b. I am giving him the courtesy of allowing him to explain himself. ? Many thanks
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Should 'do' after 'than' be inverted in this sentence?

That is, Strangers stand further apart than acquaintances do is ungrammatical? I have often encountered inverted clauses after than, as, so in comparatives, so the sentence above seems - at least to ...
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Let me (be) free/loose

Proceeding from the internet, I inferred the following thing: (1) Let me free. — idiomatic (2) Let me be free. — idiomatic (3) Let me loose. — idiomatic (4) Let me be loose. — unidiomatic That is, &...
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"One of the reasons why ..." vs "One of the reasons (no why) ..." [duplicate]

Will the words "One of the reasons why I ..." be considered wordy? Should I just write "One of the reasons I ..." or there is no much difference between them ?
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Omission of second " is". Style or grammar rule?

It's the second time I've seen writers omit the second " is" in a sentence: Because the effort is hard and the result unsparing, it isn’t obvious that writing like Boo’s has a future. Is ...
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"Are there...?" with and without the word "any"

I am wondering about the usage of the word "any" with the construction "Are there...?". Does it makes any difference if I ask Are there any books on the shelf? or Are there ...
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I decided not to ____

A: Did you play tennis last weekend? B: No, I wasn't feeling so well, so I decided not to _____. What CAN'T you say in the blank? a. (nothing) b. do c. do so d. do it e. do that f. play g. play ...
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It is strange that / Strange that

"Strange that they went outside without umbrellas. It's raining!" Is this sentence grammatical? Do I need to say "It is strange that ..."? In this "It is adjective that" ...
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"She was seriously ill as (she was) an infant." — Is this a case of ellipsis?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) She was seriously ill as an infant. my variant: (2) She was seriously ill as she was an infant. Is it right to say: (1) comes from (2) by omitting "she was&...
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Which part is indispensable in constructions like "as it is illustrated..."?

This conclusion can be verified by checking all the situations as it is illustrated in the appendix. This conclusion can be verified by checking all the situations as is illustrated in the appendix. ...
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"had + Subject + past participle" in conditionals

I always thought that the elliptical conditional clause "Had + Subject + past participle" is used only in counterfactual conditionals, e.g. : Had Joe seen Mary, he would have fallen in love ...
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Comparative without following noun

Travelers will have longer to switch over to a REAL ID, avoiding for now what many fliers anticipated would be a major hassle. The original article is this. I understand it as '... have longer time ...
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at an earlier age than

Could one use a. He'll graduate from college earlier than all of his relatives. b. He'll graduate from college sooner than all of his relatives. c. He'll graduate from college before all of his ...
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beginning next month, beginning next semester, beginning this year ... etc

Example: Beginning next month, Dining Services will no longer serve hot breakfast foods at university dining halls. Is Beginning next month an example of ellipsis? Does it means some complete ...
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ellipsis after "although"

infopop.cc: (1a) Although poor, he is quite happy. — correct (1b) Although he is poor, he is quite happy. — correct My variant: (1c) Although is poor, he is quite happy. — I don't know if it's correct ...
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Verb ellipsis (or not)

Many ethnic groups migrated into Vietnamese territory at different historical periods: some came thousands of years ago, fairly early, and some hundreds of years ago. Regardless of that, once you have ...
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Grammarly says that starting "Like Pearl was hesitant to..." with "Like" is fine, but my parent says it is grammatically incorrect

Is following paragraph grammatically correct? My parent objected to me using "Like" in the beginning, but Grammarly was ok with it. Like Pearl was hesitant to accept her father despite ...
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than (it) seems/appears

(1a) These boxes contain more toys than it seems possible. — as far as I know, it's correct (1b) These boxes contain more toys than seems possible. — is it correct? (2a) These boxes contain more toys ...
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"The dose is higher than the doctors thought (was) necessary" [duplicate]

Source: (1a) The dose is higher than is necessary. (1b) The dose is higher than necessary. - without "is" (2a) The dose is higher than the doctors thought was necessary. (2b) The dose is ...
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"He is more than a friend is"

(1a) He is taller than his friend. — correct (1b) He is taller than his friend is. — as I know, (1b) is also correct, although less common than (1a) (2a) He is more than a friend. — correct (2b) He is ...
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Can I remove the subject, as in "It's helpful as removes pain"?

Can subject in subordinated clause be omitted if it's same as in main clause even if verb isn't be-copular? E.g.: It's helpful as removes pain.
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“…her wrinkled fingers quick at…“ is there a lost "are" between fingers and quick?

She poured again a measureful and a tilly. Old and secret she had entered from a morning world, maybe a messenger. She praised the goodness of the milk, pouring it out. Crouching by a patient cow at ...
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Why doesn't this sentence include "who" or "that"? "...present to some people {who} we hope..." [duplicate]

I'm going to present to some people we hope will become investors. I think the sentence should be changed into one below. I'm going to present to some people [who] we hope will become investors. I ...
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Is the phrase "it shows" incomplete?

The headline from NY Times is: Liz Cheney Is Prepared to Lose Power, and It Shows What does it shows? I read through it and it seemed to me the "it shows" phrase means the fact Liz Cheney ...
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When can we omit "while" in a sentence? "I run {while} listening to music"

I was given the examples of omitting "while" below: I iron clothes watching t.v. I run listening to music. But was told they are both wrong. But I can't see why? It's clear the two ...
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