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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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 ...
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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 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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If my teacher ask me this, which is the right way to answer it? [closed]

Q : Are these books borrowed by you yesterday? A1 : Yes, these books are. A2 : Yes, these are. What is difference between A1 and A2?
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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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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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How to understand “Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour”?

Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour, his eyes fixed on the house. The other three wheeled around. Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour because her mother would give them a hard time. My question ...
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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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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.