Questions tagged [ellipsis]

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Can verbs such as “do” and “will” be omitted when restructuring the sentence?

I don't believe a word that comes out of your mouth. Now, which of the two following sentences are closer to the meaning of the sentence above? Not a word that comes out of your mouth, do I believe. ...
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Verbs without pronouns

You're going to yell at my son, and you expect me to just stand and watch? You're going to yell at my son and expect me to stand there and watch? In the second sentence there is no pronoun preceding ...
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Can ellipsis occur after time phrases?

Can ellipsis occur after time phrases? Is ellipsis possible in sentences like: Recently ∅ realized that the event.... (or) Last night ∅ was hanging out with my boyfriend when.... (∅ = omitted ...
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Should I use “with” in the following sentence?

Back in his room, he ambles to the desk and, with the same care he took me out (with), he places me in my dear home. Is "with" necessary in this example? Second question, can I write: "...
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Does “nor he mine” make sense here?

I have been staring at this sentence for 5 minutes: I looked up, though I could not see his face, nor he mine. "Nor he mine" seems...off to me. Is this grammatically correct?
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when he was fouled

a. It wasn't only Tom who was furious when he was fouled. I was too. b. Tom wasn't the only one who was furious when he was fouled. I was too. Could those be used if the intended meaning is Tom was ...
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Titles, Labels, Headings, Notices, Slogans Missing Stuff

Michael Swan in his book http://ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/Practical%20English%20usage.pdf (page 1) writes: Titles, labels, headings, notices and slogans usually consist of short phrases, not ...
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Sports Missing Stuff

Michael Swan in his book http://ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/Practical%20English%20usage.pdf (page 1) writes: Commentaries on fast-moving events like football matches also have their own grammar. ...
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How “Is + verb” possible?

We can use a full infinitive or a gerund as a complement of the 'be'-verb. For example, The first thing I do in the morning is to check my mobile phone. The first thing I do in the morning is ...
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Is there any omission or abbreviation in this sentence?

I saw the sentence like 'Attached please find the certificate you requested in PDF format.' Is there any omission or abbreviation I don't know in the sentence 'Attached please find the certificate you ...
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Is the sentence correct or shortened?

Let's look at the sentence. He doesn't want to see me win. Is it shortened? Is it correct grammatically? I think the sentence should be as follows. He doesn't want to see me to win. or He ...
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“had looking” vs “was looking”

Quote from The Anubis Gates: "At the far end of the walnut-panelled and carpeted room Darrow, looking no more tired than he had last night, was talking to a tall blond man." Shouldn't this be ".....
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What does “you a stranger” mean?

I was reading a book and I noticed a strange sentence for me. "It was brave of you to help Arthur - and you a stranger". What does "you a stranger" mean? Is it a shortened "you are a stranger"?
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Can I say “less bigger” or “more weaker” and similar phrases?

Suppose that A is bigger than B B is bigger than C Now, is it fine if I say, Compared to A, B is less bigger than C? If so, in this context, can I remove the first part in the almost formal ...
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Verb Phrase ellipsis in the subordinate

Larson (1987) shows the following as well-formed: (1) b. ii. I will have lived every place that John has lived. I just wondered if the next example would be better formed. I will have lived every ...
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Omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction

Is it weird to omit the redundant relative pronoun when using a conjunction to connect multiple adjective sentences? Let me explain what I am asking. Example 1: who 1(a). He is a hero who men don'...
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Has “which were” been omitted before “noted” in this text?

Has "which were" been omitted before "noted" in this text? "But there is no other evidence that the Persians of this period were the slaves of any such superstitions as that noted by Ammianus."
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How to refer to a series of pairs?

To enumerate all the pairs of jeans I have, using commas and without repeating "pair", may I put it like this: I have a pink, a black, a grey, two dark and a blue pairs of jeans. Should I ...
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Is this case of ellipsis acceptable - “encourage in-migration to and inhibit out-migration from that province”?

Is the following sentence acceptable in formal, academic writing? ... relatively higher UI benefits in a particular province encourage in-migration to and inhibit out-migration from that province. ...
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Should I write “so” or “so that” in the following sentence?

He squeezed his eyes shut so (that) fear wouldn't sabotage his determination again. A native English speaker said I should remove "that." I made a Google search: "so that fear wouldn't" vs "so ...
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“places where something is” vs. “places ∅ something is” vs. “places ∅ something is in”

I've been a few places gang wars were prevalent. I've been a few places gang wars were prevalent in. I've been a few places where gang wars were prevlant. I've seen people use place(s) both ...
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Is it correct to say “an additional time”?

Suppose you want to ask your boss to give you more time. Is it correct and idiomatic to say Would you please give me an additional time? I know that I can say "additional time" without the article....
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Can you omit the noun after the adjective 'own' that follows the genitive of an NP?

a. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's own party doesn't. Can you omit the noun 'party' like this? b. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's ...
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Verb plus adjective in adjective phrase

The would make me feel alive. Is there an elipsis with 'to' infinitive marker that not displayed before feel? Is there an adjective phrase 'feel alive' with adjective head? Is the 'to feel alive' a ...
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the letter that he told you to deliver

a. You didn't deliver the letter he told you. b. You didn't deliver the letter he told you to. a1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told you. b1. You didn't deliver the letter which he told ...
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Is there an ellipsis after main verb? [closed]

I do not know that fact how many years of life are before me. Is marked term an ellipsis? Is there an defining attributive appositive clause started on how?
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omitting verbs is and are

Omitting verbs, can I say "Two tangos dead", "Two tangos dead ahead", "Two tangos coming", "Two tanks down", "Two tanks over there" ? Is it colloquially acceptable to omit "is", "are" verbs like ...
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Can “more” be used without “than”?

As I'm getting familiar with English grammar, I'm facing a few doubts. The word more is a comparative form of much (for non-countable nouns) and many (with countable nouns). However, I can use more ...
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In the same way or In the same way as

Which sentences are correct? a) He looks at you in the same way Rick does. b) He looks at you in the same way as Rick does. c) He looks at you as Rick does. Is there any difference between “...
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Why are auxiliary verbs omitted in informal English?

In informal English i see people to say and text 1: you married? 2: he told to not come 3: you done? 4: the paragraph written in informal English So on How the sentences make sense without any ...
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Understanding of a difficult sentence

A grammar, we have said, is divided into 2 major components, syntax and morphology. This division follows from the special status of the word as a basic linguistic unit, with syntax dealing with the ...
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About “The comparative, the comparative” expression

In my school days, I was taught the English sentence structure, "The comparative + Subject + Verb, the comparative + Subject + Verb." In a certain software help document, I saw a sentence, "The lower ...
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Is the “verb tense” necessary here

I saw an example: He is back in power after three years in opposition. The same way, can I write: He is working for Bob after (working for) three years for me. Can I drop the words in the ...
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Can I omit ‘to’ after ‘and’?

For example I want to go and leave you. I want to go and to leave you. Which one would be accurate?
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“To” as “compared to”

On Monday, January 28, Grandview played at Inglis but notched only five goals to seven for Inglis. (source) So often he has played second fiddle to Wright and notched only nine goals last season ...
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Can I omit repeated words

They were pleased with their lives and they were sure of their future. Is it correct to make this sentence look like this They were pleased with their lives and were sure of their future. or ...
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Comparing two qualities of the same thing

When we say, for example, "James is taller than Eric", we are comparing the same quality in two people. But are we allowed to use this structure to compare two qualities of the same thing? For example,...
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When two proposition “to”s encounter

Aston Martin’s IPO will provide further clues to which category ultra-expensive carmakers really belong. Context: The Economist Grammatically, you need to have "clues to which..." and "...
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Is “that” required in “The music company was afraid that…”?

Sentence:The music company was afraid the accelerating decline of sales of compact discs would not be compensated by increased internet revenue. Solution:The music company was afraid that the ...
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Why is it “swipe to get to know me” instead of just “swipe to know me”?

I was scrolling on the Instagram and I found this random quote there: "swipe to get to know me". Why the "get" verb is on it? We just can say "swipe to know me" or not?
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Which 'the' can be omitted in the construction of '[the] nounA of [the] nounB'

The ABC analysis was adopted in this study. The results of the ABC analysis were subjected to the DEF analysis. ABC and DEF are two specific types of analysis. I am not sure in what circumstances ...
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to be made of metal vs to be metal

Is there any difference between the following sentences? The ladder is metal. The ladder is metallic. The ladder is made of metal. I have read the construction "to be [material]" for the first time ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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Has 'not' been omitted in this case?

An entertainment news article talks about Demi Lovato posting an unedited and not-skinny photo of herself in a bikini. Lovato says that she's now focused on being herself and not trying to meet ...
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Is a subject required for a grammatically correct sentence?

In particular I'm interested in the sentence: Meet with friends and family. It is a sentence in the 'interests and hobbies' section of a resume, so it can be deduced who the subject is. Is the ...
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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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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“No matter how large the finite set” OR “No matter how large the finite set **is**”

In Book Mathematics for Computer Science: The key to remember is that you can’t check a claim about an infinite set by checking a finite set of its elements, no matter how large the finite set. ...
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Is this statement construction correct? — “I do understand [w], [x] and [y] much better than I do [z].”

Is this statement construction correct? "I do understand [w], [x] and [y] much better than I do [z]." I just wanted to know if this statement is correctly constructed. Here w, x, y and z ...
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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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