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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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among them being

I'd like to know whether "being" can be left out in the following sentences. Would it sound awkward to keep it? a. John has over 20 cars, among them (being) a Mercedes-Benz. b. John ...
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How to express two main strength without repeating words

I have two models. The first one put much more restriction on the connection between the variables. The second model, however, provides much more flexibility for connecting the variables. I would ...
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How to join 3 sentence in one sentence correctely in English

I have built 6 models. The parameters of these models are 2, 3 and 4. That is, the first and second model have 2 parameters each. The third and fourth model have 3 parameters each. The fifth and six ...
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How to avoid repeating “method A” in this sentence?

I try to say that the next example explain the idea my new method. However, I just repeat some words which make my sentence hard to follow. Here is my try: To simplify the idea of method A, the ...
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Can 'to' be omitted in the following sentence?

Can to be omitted in the following sentence? I think it can, but I can't find many examples on the Internet. Mark Twain said that it's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have ...
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“Too expensive for me to afford it” why ungrammatical?

The medicine was too expensive for me to afford it. My practice question marked that as wrong for I didn't put the It out at the last. It suggested me to use "...too expensive for me to afford". I ...
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Can participle clauses stand alone?

I think "Meaning" in the second line deviates from standard English grammar. In my opinion, it should be replaced with "It means..." or "field, meaning...". Do you agree? Or "Meaning" is just Okay? ...
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pick up at one location and return it at another

If I am talking to a car rental agent whose company has many branch offices, could I use the following sentence? I'd like to know if it is natural to leave out the object of pick up. Can I pick ...
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Curious about what would happen or curious what would happen?

I know that I am curious what would happen is a perfectly valid usage. What I don't understand is why there is no preposition to connect "curious" and "what would happen", which is acting like a ...
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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”?

Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ?
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Are the suggested ellipses grammatical?

A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be viewed as X. Which of the following ellipses are/are not grammatical? A cannot be taken as X in the same way B can be. A cannot be taken as X ...
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Velocity- and displacement-proportional forces

I have troubles building compound adjectives and enumerating them. In my field (mechanics) we deal with forces which are proportional to displacement or velocity. We tend to call them "displacement ...
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What part of speech is ‘more’?

If possible always pay the balance in full every month or pay more than the minimum amount. What part of speech is ‘more’and which word it is modifying?
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Is there a more natural way of saying “piss while standing up”? [closed]

It sounds too convoluted. I thought about "piss on their two feet", but not sure this is more common than "piss while standing up". "Men piss on their two feet." "Men piss while standing up." Is ...
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something was done and something done?

The outline was then drawn in green and the centre point plotted in the centre of the circle as a red dot. Is it necessary to add 'was' before 'plotted' to present a passive voice? I sometimes see ...
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Missing second occurrence of verb

She is intelligent but her sisters are dull. She is intelligent but her sisters dull. Both sentences are correct. But the second sentence is missing "is" before dull. Can anyone explain this?
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Is it common to shorten “the Shanghai Composite Index gauge” to “the Shanghai gauge” in the stock market domain?

The Shanghai gauge dropped 1.1 percent to 2,651.79 at the close, below its January 2016 closing low. Back then, officials had just introduced and then hastily scrapped a disastrous circuit-breaker ...
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on Thursday afternoon vs Thursday afternoon

Are both the following sentences acceptable/grammatical? We met on Thursday afternoon until 5 pm. We met Thursday afternoon until 5 pm.
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I’m Mad As Hell Speech From Network (1976)

In the movie Network (1976) the infamous speech contains the words I'm as mad as hell... Shouldn't it be I'm mad as hell... I don't know why, but it really bothers me hearing an extra 'as'. ...
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a man and a woman

a. I talked to a man and woman. b. I talked to a lean man and woman. Does (a) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were both lean? =======================...
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No food allowed

Can anyone explain grammar of sign “no food allowed”? I got the meaning but confused about grammar. Why not “no food is allowed” ?
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Ellipsis of modal verb with two subjects and two main verbs

Is it correct and appropriate to omit the second modal verb in the sentence below? At this scale, objects can be identified and models [can] provide excellent answers.
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Can I omit “about” in these sentences?

I have no idea what I want to have in dinner. (About not necessary) But why, I am really confused about what I want to have in dinner. Somebody said to me that when one is talking about just ...
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Can I omit “is” in the following way of presenting list items?

The first item I drop into my shopping basket is a mayonnaise tuna rice ball. The second (is) a cup of instant noodles. The third (is) a can of dry beer. Can I drop the two last isses? Why or why ...
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Can we always condense the “based on/upon + noun or ing form” to “on/upon + noun or ing form”? What about the article in “on hearing that”?

I was reading the definition of the adjective naturally, I found this sentence: "On hearing that he would be stepping down, we naturally expected a valedictory address." I thought to myself that ...
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What's the grammar of “You kiss me tomorrow, I'll bite you face off!”?

"Zootopia" around 00:23:37/01:48:32 There is a YouTube clip (by the way, is "clip" an appropriate word?): Nick Wilde: Hey, no kiss bye-bye for daddy? Finnick: You kiss me tomorrow, I'll bite ...
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Can “because” be followed by an adjective?

I was checking the definition for the word gauche on Cambridge, I found this line: "awkward and uncomfortable with other people, especially because young and without experience" My question can we ...
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Omission of subject and verb in parallel sentence

Is it correct and appropriate to omit the subject and verb in the second sentence below? On the top half of the left face, they injected water. On the bottom half, ethanol.
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Can I omit “of” in “faces an immediate fine (of) up to one million dollars”?

This is my question sentence. If a company owns a factory that introduces harmful chemicals into rivers or lakes, it faces an immediate fine of up to one million dollars. Here, can I just delete ...
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everyone I know vs everyone whom I know

I've noticed that a lot of native English speakers leave out pronouns that help modify subjects. Is there any situation in which this: Everyone whom I know is related to me. Is preferred to this: ...
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Is it correct to say both “to buy” and “buy” here

I'm wondering if the second buy is natural in the following: It is easier to buy soft drinks and processed foods than buy fruits and vegetables in this country. Would it be more natural to precede ...
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Meaning of “work as hard”

In Masterchef US Season 3 Ep 5, one of the contestants David said this: Being a good leader is being able to pick people better than you so you don't have to work as hard. Could you help me ...
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Is “to” the better preposition than “for” in this sentence?

A sentence on this page strikes me as odd as I am checking dictionaries ‘An alien life form has arrived to earth and is jumping from body to body, killing everything in its path and stealing ...
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Is the verb needed here?

"Instead of Jack swimming the race, it was Jill swimming the race". Is the "swimming the race" for Jill needed? What if I only put "swimming"? What if completely omit it?
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Omitting “who is” in “I would like to date a girl [who is] at least of my intellect”

Instead of I would like to date a girl who is at least of my intellect. can I say I would like to date a girl at least of my intellect. by dropping the phrase "who is"? What I try to mean ...
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What's the deadline? A short answer

Is the following question-response pair natural? A: What's the deadline? B: By May 3rd. I know "by" is redundant, but redundancy does not mean unnaturalness. Is the reply natural with it? I'...
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Can this be ommitted? (substitutive verb)

The sentence is this: I don't want to make anyone do anything that I don't want to (do). Can I omit the word 'do' in parentheses? please, tell me.
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too many cookies

Can one use a. Too many cookies are bad for you. instead of b. Having too many cookies is bad for you. ================= Can one use c. Many cookies are bad for you. instead of d. Having many ...
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Ellipsis of verbs in a series of adjectives and participles

Can I leave out the second was? 1- The little animal was alert and quiet but was caught nonetheless. 2- The little animal was alert and quiet but caught nonetheless.
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listen vs listen to

This sentence is from this video below. at 2:58 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBjdH0LFnQg He said : 1) I wish I'd never listened all those stupid videos telling me to risk it all I ...
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What is the omitted word in this sentence? (do or make?)

There is a sentence below, I don't want to make anyone do anything that I don't want to. What is the omitted word at the end of the sentence above? 'do' or 'make'? And Is there any regulation to ...
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“Do so” after the negative

Consider, please, the following sentence: At the period to which Dreams belongs Kant had no contentful answer to this question, and indeed he did not do so until his Critical period. I wonder if ...
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Are the given sentences grammatically correct? Can we omit the highlight TO?

If you want to get to where you want to get, you have to work hard. If you want to get to where you want to go, you have to work hard. If you want to get where you want to get, you have to work hard....
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Of elderly “noun” omitted?

Source: National Geographic Magazine China is on the brink of a huge demographic shift. Over the next two decades, an unprecedented baby boom from the 1960s will age into “the largest number of ...
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Is anything omitted in “The son of an air force pilot, he had a somewhat nomadic childhood.” ?

The son of an air force pilot, he had a somewhat nomadic childhood. I see this sentence in the dictionary on my phone. I feel there is something missing in it. I think it could be like: Being the ...
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it's fixed without it's [closed]

Is it appropriate for a dissertation / fiction book / newspaper / github / twitter / colloquial speech? — there is [description of some bug in the app] — fixed at v0.6.7 Which learning book has ...
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Two adjectives of a single noun

She is the best and wisest girl in the class. She is the best and the wisest girl in the class. Which one of them is correct?and why? I think first one should be correct as both the adjectives ...
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what is omitted in this sentence?

Darwin himself could scarcely have found a better example of the operations of natural selection than is provided by the way the mechanism of resistance operates. In this sentence, after ‘than’, what ...
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Who's the subject of this sentence?

Here is an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. What is the subject of the sentence marked in bold? "We need to find her," said Dumbledore. "Professor Mcgonagall, please go to Mr....
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“So much so” vs. “so much”

He is an amazing singer, so much so that he won first place in the competition last year. He is an amazing singer, so much that he won first place in the competition last year. The former sounds ...