Questions tagged [ellipsis]

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Is the use of 'not' for contrast a case of ellipsis?

The car was red, not blue. I went home, not to the supermarket. In these two examples, which use the word 'not' to create contrast, are we seeing a case of ellipsis? Could we find the original forms ...
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Is the 'that- clause' a direct object in this sentence?

She convinced him that he was wrong. In this sentence, would we describe 'that he was wrong' as a direct object and 'him' as an indirect object? I would think that convinced acts upon 'him'; however, ...
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do replacing 'trust with'

a. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin? b. You don't trust your wife with your money but you do your cousin with it? c. You don't trust your wife with your money but you ...
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Does the given sentence become grammatically incorrect when you remove the word "as?" Also, does the meaning change when you remove the same word? [closed]

Check as many articles as you're comfortable checking. Check as many articles you're comfortable checking. Is the second sentence grammartically incorrect? Does it mean the same thing as the first ...
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but I don't do it

a. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't drink it, because it is bad for my health. b. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't do it, because it is bad for my health. c. I enjoy drinking soda, but I don't, ...
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Why didn't the author write "the rules we follow in dealing with sets are derived from them." instead of "sets derive from them"?

I am reading "Topology 2nd Edition" by James R. Munkres. I am not good at English at all, but it's a mathematics book. In this book, there is the following sentence: Although we shall not ...
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definite article after "and"

The sentence about general facts: Molecules are neutral particles made of two or more atoms bonded together. The proton and the electron are parts of an atom. Can we remove article before electron? ...
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There used to be many, even more than (there) are today

There used to be many, even more than (there) are today. There were many, even more than (there) are today. Is there optional is both sentences?
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He says he's vegetarian, yet he eats everything put in front of him. What is the use of PUT here?

He says he's vegetarian, yet he eats everything put in front of him. How has put been used here? Could anyone please explain? Is it possible to say that in the following way? He says he's vegetarian,...
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'a large number' without 'of'

When we use 'a large number of' we use a plural verb after it. A large number of people do this. When we use 'the large number of' we use a singular verb after it. The large number of people does this....
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"Fed up with" or "Fed up"

Is it correct if I don't write 'with' in this sentence?; I fed up (with) reading this book last year. I forgot to write 'with' in the above sentence. But I want to know if the sentence is still ...
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if you want to do it

a. You can do the work properly if you want to do it. I think in (a) 'it' would be taken to mean 'the work'. But could 'it' also mean a1. You can do the work properly if you want. in other words You ...
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Can I imply “kind” or “type” instead of explicitly writing it?

There are 5 English books and 5 French books. Can I say “there are two books” instead of “there are two types of books”? For example: There are grapes and an apple, and there are two (kinds of) ...
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Some people wanted to, but the police failed to reveal they

In Garner's Modern American Usage, Garner provides the following quote from a newspaper article: “There are a number of people who might have wanted to kill Robert [...], but the intervening two ...
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'Some' is a mandatory word? [duplicate]

The well-known book English Grammar in Use [for intermediate] p.143 give this exercise choice: I went to the library and borrowed books/some books. The book answer (some books): I went to the ...
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Can I omit an object after 'those who + verb?'

Those who speak English respect those who don't speak English. Those who speak English respect those who don't speak. Those who speak English respect those who don't. I believe the first and third ...
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The Number Of Uninsured Won’t Fall As Much As Expected

Generous subsidies will be available for sick people and families with children who really need medical care to buy individual coverage, but healthy single people between the ages of twenty-six and ...
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Why there is no "is" in "Internal storage running out"? [duplicate]

I had this notification in my phone: "Internal storage running out". Wonder what the grammar rule allows to omit "is" in such sentences? I would like to read more about it. Thanks ...
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"Please don't be" after "I'm sorry"

I'd like to know if "please don't be" is properly used in the following: M: The book was quite hard for him. He spent a whole year reading it. W: Oops, I’m sorry ... M: Please don’t be. ...
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Is there anything omitted before sufficient? [duplicate]

We should be less concerned with students' 'cognitive impatience', however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis ...
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Would like or Would like to have

Q. Hi! What would you like to have? Q. Hi! What would you like to order? A1. I'd like to have an orange juice. A2. I'd like an orange juice. Is there any difference between "would like to ...
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What are some adjectives that are usually used without a subject or verb in response to something, similar to "agreed"?

Consider the following example: A: How about I do the dishes and you make dinner? B: Agreed. Could you give me other examples for adjectives that are usually used in this way?
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ellipsis: [the people too]

Does "the people too" in the following mean the council hates the people too? Or the people hates the place too? Go to almost any city and you find sink estates where you get the feeling ...
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Pronoun ellipses in given context

Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand. Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand watching. Give me a movie everyone loves but you just can't stand it. Is the first ...
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Is "one had" missing before "Another swore to destroy it"?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011), Voldemort orders his team to fire spell on Hogwarts shield dome. Then scene cuts to Harry Potter trying to convince Helena to destroy diadem: ...
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Omitting "if" at the middle of a sentence

In my book, it just told me about omitting "if" at the beginning of a sentence. Then what about "if" in the middle of a sentence? Example: I wouldn't do that if I were you. I ...
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'Has' or 'have' if one of nouns ommited

In the following sentence should I use 'has' or 'have' (words inside [ ] omitted)? Why? Tension at adhesions and [tension at] junctions reportedly have/has opposing effects.
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Why should "rip a man apart like a rag doll" be read "... like [it can rip apart] a rag doll" instead of "... like a rag doll [can rip apart a man]"?

A tiger can't win a mental fight with a man, but it can rip the man apart like a rag doll. Why is the sentence above read as? A tiger can't win a mental fight with a man, but it can rip the man ...
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"She told me how lucky I am I get to do this", does omitting "that" here sound natural?

I was reading this post on Facebook in which the writer says: But when she held her grandchildren to sleep, it gave her an emotional reminder of what it was like. How beautiful it felt. How special ...
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Omitting "to be": "I want left alone." versus "I want to be left alone."

I have been reading an internet serial for about a year, that is written by someone I believe to be a native or near-native English speaker (like myself), but I have noticed a recurring pattern of ...
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Can we remove "because I was" without changing the meaning?

I fell into a trap, afraid I might screw up. I fell into a trap because I was afraid I might screw up. To me these two can mean the same thing, but I am unsure if this is grammatical or not, or if ...
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I won’t be very late tonight, I shouldn’t imagine (so)

I won’t be very late tonight, I shouldn’t imagine (so). Is it grammatically correct to add so here? why?
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aware of how/aware how

Even if you're aware how bad things are, you should still try not to lose hope. Even if you're aware of how bad things are, you should still try not to lose hope. The more I become aware how their ...
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Shouldn’t “would dare mess with me” be “would dare TO mess with me”? [duplicate]

It is a dialogue from a famous movie "Home alone" it is something like below: The way I'm feeling right now no murderer or mugger would dare mess with me. And now I am wondering, why it is ...
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Why is there no "be" in the continuous clause?

I started reading literature in English and often see sentences where ing-verb is without be. I met a sentence: Stark's bodyguard spearheading the thing... Can you tell me why there is no is here? ...
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Relative clause and omission in news article

I have two questions regarding relative clauses (which I believe they are). Question 1: From an article in The Guardian The Chinese government has taken the rare step of formally confirming to the UN ...
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Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"?

In the following situation: --Have you gone to see the doctor? --No, but_______. Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"? I feel like the former one makes more sense, ...
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Omission of verb in a sentence realizing contrast, while using the verb without and with preposition

Is it correct and appropriate to omit the verb in the second part of the sentence below? The reviewer X questioned the scientific background of my Ph.D. thesis but the reviewer Y about too many ...
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What is the object of the verb here?

He put the snacks on the table for us to savor. Is the verb savour used transitively in the above sentence? Is this a case of ellipsis where the object them (snacks) is understood?
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Omission of prepositions

Is there any general rule dictating the omission of prepositions? I often come across sentences where prepositions are omitted and where I would normally have used them. Just to clarify, here is an ...
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A question about the conjunction "while"

Isaac Newton changed the world while in quarantine from the plague. Isaac Newton changed the world while he was in quarantine from the plague. while is clearly a conjunction in the second sentence ...
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Merging "does not tell" in the following sentence

I recently asked a question on this site and in that question I used "doesn't tell" twice: I checked a similar question on this site, but that question doesn't tell the difference and doesn'...
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How to simplify (to shorten) a long sentence with similar patterns?

Suppose that the performance of a system depends on the efficiency of two sub systems called A and B. And I want to say something along this line: A can compensate the poor performance of B, but B ...
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if you really, absolutely must

In the following sentence, "must" has no following verb. This kind of ellipsis seems strange to me, as the omitted verb is expected to be in the sentence. Is this use common, or restricted ...
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implied if-clause in conditionl sentences

Suppose you see a mistake while reading something and say: I would have used another word. Which is the implied if-clause? if I were the author or if I had been the author If you see a friend ...
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"proved a much lengthier task" or "was proved TO BE a much lengthier task"?

But, though Æthelbert, king of Kent, was duly converted to Christianity and Augustine was soon able to establish the seat of his bishopric at Canterbury, the permanent establishment of Christianity ...
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"Body" or "Dead body"? [duplicate]

In a story I'm writing someone is killed. A detective arrives at the crime scene. The detective looked down at the body. The detective looked down at the dead body. Is "body" enough? Will ...
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Why can’t we drop “The reason” and just say “Why she is still single is because...”?

I know a relative adverb "why" can be followed by a clause and make the clause a noun phrase. It can play a role as an object or a subject in another sentence. For example) I know the ...
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Is the use of "am" in this sentence correct?

Can I use am as written in this sentence below? I am certain that I can make a positive contribution to the Medical Enterprise Center at the Downers Hospital, given my diverse background, and am sure ...
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Is this grammatical form correct?

All we know is that we should stay alert and not let our guards down. I want to know if the bold part is grammatically correct. Do I have to say "and do not let our guards down" or "...

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