Questions tagged [ellipsis]

This tag is for questions about the omission of words that are superfluous and/or can be inferred from context.

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end up + (being) + adjective

1- If he carries on driving like that, he'll end up dead. (Source) 2- The last time he was in the room with a serial killer, he ended up chained to a hospital bed. (It is from a tv-series. ...
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Is “I’m not going to be able to.” a complete sentence?

Can I say "I'm not going to be able to."? Is that a complete sentence? Or does it always have to follow with a verb?
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Is an “are” omitted in this sentence

I just read a sentence: Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build up. Can I rewrite it as: Three things in life that are once lost hard to build up. Is my sentence correct? What are ...
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A single indefinite article for two items?

As I'm working my way in Duolingo I got an exercise to translate a sentence from Russian to English. The accepted translating is "I have a warm jacket and a warm sweater". In the comments on this ...
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“I know it seems very simple- and it is.”- what does “and it is” mean?

I know it seems very simple-and it is. What does and it is mean in this context?
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Can some or all of the bracketed words be omitted? “The competition was good for David and ((it) was) bad for Peter”

The competition was good for David and bad for Peter. The competition was good for David and was bad for Peter. The competition was good for David and it was bad for Peter. Are any of these ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Can “who” be omitted in “Managers (who) formerly supervised”?

Managers formerly ( ) the software engineering groups for the development project will now be in charge of much larger teams. A. supervised B. supervising The answer is B, and I get it, ...
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“as was just mentioned” or “as just mentioned”?

A couple of lines earlier: for this reason one can say that the subjects in questions have been influenced by X. . . . A survey of that kind would show how, as was just ...
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Do we need to repeat the verb after and?

Pupils at the primary education level are less violent and are hard workers. Do we need "are" and what is the natural thing to do?
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Is it okay not to add “and”?

Pro-Europeans, sensible pragmatists, people who had earned respect across parliament, abase themselves.  (link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/09/boris-johnson-tories-europeans-...
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What is the meaning of “you are” in the sentences

I don't understand the meaning of "you are" in this sentence: I'm not crying you are. Found in a meme on reddit.
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2 'The's with 2 consecutive nouns joined with a conjunction: “X and Y”, “the X and Y”, or “the X and the Y”?

"Please write the transliteration and translation for the following words." Is the sentence above grammatically correct? Do I need to put the other 'the' before 'translation' as well, or is it ...
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How does article deletion work in phrases like “both a hot weather and cold”? Is that allowed?

Consider the self-made sentence below They assessed the durability for the both a hot weather and cold. Is both a hot weather and cold correct? I don't know if I can omit the indefinite article ...
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Is there an idiom or phrase that means “to burden someone or something with something”?

Consider the following self-made sentence: It is better to distribute the processing workload among several computers instead of burdening one machine with the entire processing load. I am ...
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Should we have to repeat the possessive determiner in a list?

Is it better to put: Snow white was so pretty with her blood-red lips, her fair skin and her black hair. or Snow White was so pretty with her blood-red lips, fair skin and black hair.
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When we use the word nostalgic, does it always have to come after the verb Feel?

Reading this book makes me nostalgic. Reading this book makes me feel nostalgic. Just like we say "the ending of the movie made me so sad" and "the ending of the movie made me feel so sad", ...
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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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Should I include “that” or not in sentences like “I saw (that) you waited for the bus”?

I saw you waited for the bus. (wrong unless add that) I saw that you waited for the bus. (correct) I saw a house destroyed on the road. (wrong unless add that) I saw that a house ...
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Pronoun missing?

A line in the movie Stargate goes It's got writing unlike we've ever found before. It seems to me this sentence is missing a pronoun what/anything. Is this a case of ellipsis? Is it grammatical as ...
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Can “Down to business” be a shortened version of the idiom?

Can the idiom Now, let's get down to business. be shortened to Now, down to business. ? I don't want the part "let's" as it is, to some extent, a friendly approach when the speaker is far ...
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“He just borrows them, not steal(s)” — Coordination of a negated verb in ellipsis

Little John keeps borrowing Bob's colored pencils but he's too playful to remember to give them back. Bob's mom is upset and talks to John's about it. John's mom would say something along the lines of ...
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Two examples about the usage of inversion which make me confused

In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them thither. This is a sentence from a speech of Albert Einstein. When I ...
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What does “Never have so many owed so much to so few” mean here?

Can anybody paraphrase it for me, please? Does it mean "Never let so many people owe so much to so few people"? With a population of only slightly more than 2 million people in the 1770s, how was ...
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What is omitted between “than” and “would be”?

I read a sentence as below This strategy tends to result in higher efficiency than would be possible with that one. I can understand the meaning of the sentence, which is "This strategy tends to ...
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Correct way to answer a question containing “must”

What's the right way to answer a question in English, in which the "actors" must do something? For example, Who must choose their own club here? If it's two people - Bob and Billy - who must ...
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but if I get, I'd get badly

Let's suppose someone is making you to go haywire and you're going to get furious. You are about to warn them grinding your teeth regarding your character and say that you have a long fuse and can ...
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Why “Your father just told me” would not be “Your father told me” without “just”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Here answer was: native speaker often omit, here it is "has" Your father has just ...
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Can I remove a repeated word in this sentence?

I have a sentence, say: He has worked in banking industry and manufacturing industry for more than 15 years. My question is the first "industry" could be omitted? If done, we should use "banking ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part V

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Is this a example of zeugma or ellipsis?

Do you think this sentence is a example of zeugma(syllepsis) or ellipsis? This decline in vigor with the passing of time is called ageing. It is one of the most unpleasant discoveries which we ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part IV

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part III

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. As ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part II

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part I

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Some clarifications are needed about the grammar of Elliptical Structure

As far as I know, one application of elliptical structure is the omission from a clause one or more elements which has been repeated in previous clauses. However, I do not know whether there exists ...
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Omitting repeated words after possessive

Can I omit the last part of the sentence to make it cleaner? The cost of study for domestic students is one-third of the international student's cost of education. The cost of study for ...
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This is the gift that my dad sent (to) me

This is the gift that my dad sent me on my birthday. Vs This is the gift that my dad sent to me on my birthday. Is to required? Also Presenting you guys, the trailer of the film. Vs ...
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At about age 30

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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He worked very hard but he failed to win the match. Can I delete the second 'he'?

He worked very hard but he failed to win the match. Can I delete the second 'he'?
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'Not only you are right, but also he is right.' Can I change it to 'Not only you but also he is right'?

Not only you are right, but also he is right. Can I change it to the following? Not only you but also he is right.
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Can I delete the second ' is '?

A successful BBC TV programme is not only watched by millions in Britain, but is seen by millions more all over the world as well. Can I delete the second is? And the sentence became that ...
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“I want four more” or “I want more four”?

What's the natural order in the following sentence? Where should I put the word "more" in the following sentences? My friend told me that we have already 4 oranges. I want to tell him that: Okay,...
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how to avoid repeating same words in one sentence

I have one sentence which should explain two different things. These two things have the same works. I would like to express the idea without repeating the words. Model A is established in order to ...
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Should I include “as a” for every item in a list of jobs, or just the first item?

I have a doubt: should I write: I worked as a teacher, as housekeeper manager, as a Rep, etc. or I worked as a teacher, housekeeper manager, Rep, etc.
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Long Ellipsis - Comparative

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The current flowing through the transistor positioned at VCC5 is smaller than at VCC3." The meaning should be: "The current flowing through the transistor ...
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{be verb} + {subject}

Written by people more or less knowledgeable about the subject and about the history of technology, these accounts tend to focus on the unusual and the spectacular, be it people or lines of research, ...
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“if at all” repeats main-clause subject and verb?

Is "if at all" of the following understood as "(even) if the new law helps new immigrants at all"? The new law will fail to help new immigrants significantly, if at all. I'd appreciate your help.
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How to avoid repeating the same verb to avoid redundance

In my point of view, skipping the same verb in one sentence makes it more poetry-like and native. Here is my phrase: The sky is your limit and the sea is your birth place. Could it be modified ...
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Is preposition “OF” required in the given sentence?

I happen to came across below stated sentence in an English preposition book. "This photo is her with her best friend." I assume, that grammatically correct sentence should be: "This photo is of ...