Questions tagged [ellipsis]

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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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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 ...
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Why isn’t the pronoun “it” placed after But?

THE SOURCE: NY times Poland sent soldiers to fight alongside Americans in Iraq, but is nonetheless one of the few countries still hosting North Korean workers over Washington's objections. Why ...
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Omission of 'when'

'Christmas is a time when there are many parties'. Why can't we omit 'when' in this sentence? It appears in a grammar book for students of English, and although 'when' can be omitted if the ...
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One thing I should note, though

I'm curious about how to analyze "One thing I should note, though" as an introduction to what you want to alert the audience to. Is it short for "There is one thing (which) I should note, though" or ...
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“This day will be forgotten just like the rest of the ones do” - Are alternatives to 'do' correct?

Sometimes I have difficulty with sentences which can seemingly end in more than one way but retain the same meaning. Namely, I can think of several variations to use and they all sound natural and ...
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Is the ellipse in the mentioned sentence idiomatic?

They rarely teach for its own sake but most of the time [they] use teaching as a way to manipulate. Is it idiomatic to omit the second "they" in the above sentence?
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What does the Daily Mail's headline “inch ahead…” and “…a Marxist in No 10” mean?

from The Daily Mail, December 14, 2017 Just as the newly confident Tories inch ahead in the polls,11 self-consumed malcontents pull the rug from under our EU negotiators, betray their leader, party ...
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Is the ellipse made in the mentioned sentence idiomatic?

Lisa is entitled not to be deceived on X as much as is entitled not to be deceive on Y. Lisa is entitled not to be deceived on X as much as she is entitled not to be deceive on Y. In the ...
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Coordination ellipsis

Just saw this sentence on reddit, and it's bothering me. Is this construction grammatical? "You won't like my answer, but read a lot." I assume the second clause is something like (you should) ...
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Repeating the indefinite article

Repeating the indefinite article. Is it a matter of style? If so, which quote is more natural [or maybe sounds better]? My name is Amy Purdy, I am a survivor, snowboarder, founder of Adaptive ...
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“I would hate anything to happen to her” vs. “I would hate if anything should to happen to her”

I have a question regarding the sentence found in the song "Girlfriend in a coma" by The Smiths, and the song goes: There were times when I could have strangled her But you know, I would hate ...
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Omission of the subject for friendliness?

I've found on the AT&T homepage that they say "Don't see what you're looking for?" The omission of the subject is on purpose for friendliness, correct? I feel it's friendlier than "Don't ...
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Can you have a sentence without a verb? [duplicate]

Where is the verb in this sentence below? No Small Business Brands On YouTube Does this sentence mean "There are no small business brands on YouTube"? If so, then why does the sentence "No smoking"...
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What does “for” mean in “…for works written by and for the sophisticated adults ..”

These were chosen by Renaissance teachers after much deliberation, for works written by and for the sophisticated adults of pagan Rome were not always considered suitable for the Renaissance young. ...
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A discount of 15% is offered [closed]

Are the following sentences natural? A discount of 15% is offered on an order for 10–29 copies, 20% on 30–59, and 25% on 60 or more. A 15% discount is offered on orders for 10–29 copies, 20% on ...
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Difference between “That I brought” vs “I brought”

What is the difference between these two sentences? This is a book that I brought from the library. This is a book I brought from the library. Do both work? If so why do they both work?
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Ellipses of ''of''

You've been a lot of help. You've been of a lot of help. Can we omit the of here? I read in Practical English Usage that in some cases we can omit the "of", is this one of those cases?
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She danced better than any of us (did?)

I read this sentence : The three individuals are so different that their tastes vary from one another's. In this their tastes are compared so apostrophe is used with another But in this sentence ...
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Meaning of “acknowledged in a way” in the given sentence

Here is the sentence: Female sexuality within the working classes of Western Europe was acknowledged in a way that it was not within the middle class. Here is a more detailed excerpt: "Female ...
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be expressed “a different way” or “in a different way”

Following is excerpted from the book "The Language of Food" by Dan Jurafsky(page 7). Status used to be expressed a different way. I am getting confused with this sentence. As far as know, an ...
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Mr. Sinha is a very wise and (an) intelligent officer

All the staffs of this office hold the view that Mr. Sinha is a very wise and an intelligent officer. Is the an used before intelligent officer redundant here? If we had used just one quality (wise ...
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Can I remove the second “is”?

please consider that English is not my first language :D thanks the sentence: [...], however, as he is not only holding onto the rope but is tied to it just like his counterpart, the native, [...] ...
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Do I need to use he twice in this sentence?

Can I say: He turned around and was greeted with a smile from his frend. Or do I have to use he twice? He turned around and he was greeted with a smile from his friend.
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Is omitting subject-auxiliary verb combination a formal and grammatical way of writing?

The left hand side of the equation is equal to the right hand side of it. Hence, proved. Wouldn't it be grammatically like this- The left hand side of the equation is equal to the right hand side ...
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omission preposition in reported speech

Sue said, ''Johnsy, Don't move and promise me not to look out of the window.'' If I change this sentence into indirect speech, Sue told Johnsy not to move and to promise her not to look out of the ...
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Modals with ellipses

"Who killed him? You?" "No. Had I been able, I would have but I wasn't, so I didn't." Is this correct and is there a construction with could with a similar meaning?
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Dine at our uncle's (home/house)

Is it necessary to use a noun (home/house/place/restaurant) after the word "uncle's" in this sentence? Tomorrow, we shall dine at our uncle's. Isn't it correct?
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Seemingly unnecessary verbs in comparisons

I've come across a strange habit in comparisons that seems to be pretty popular. Instead of saying (what I think to be correct): He runs faster than Robert. Sometimes I hear or read: He runs ...
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Can adjectives come with a noun directly?

Can we say it is the data accessible by the system or we must instead say it is the data that are accessible by the system
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What does “it's more of a challenge to think of a place I haven't” mean?

I asked one of my friends a question: What is the most weirdest place you ever got drunk? He replies at this point It's more of a challenge to think of a place I haven't. What does that mean? ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect? If so why?

No, impossible. Could someone I barely knew, know so much about me? Is this sentence gramatically incorrect? If so, what would be the correct version? (While maintaining more or less the same ...
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Is it necessary to repeat the determiner “the” in the following case?

which is correct as a title: "The river system and the water supply" or "the river system and water supply"? And would you remove all determiners and leave it like this: "River system and water supply"...
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I would like to understand the term 'understood' as it is used in grammar

When I was an elementary school student in Montréal, we were taught that some words or phrases did not need to be spoken or written because they were 'understood'. Another OP on site asked a question ...
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Omitting 'that' in this sentence

There is so much (that) is at stake for many. Can we omit 'that' in this sentence?
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Is “for any” needed in “We dont want to stay here for any longer than we have to.”?

"We don't want to stay here for any longer than we have to." Is this sentence correct? And does it mean the same as "We don't want to stay here any longer than necessary." ? I am unsure about the ...
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Short form correctness

Can it be said as follows: He just didn't understand or pretended not to. in the meaning the he either didn't understand or pretended he didn't?
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Ellipsis scheme

Is it grammatical to write The highest score was 10, the lowest 2, and the median 5 or, particularly in a formal context, the implied verbs should be included, yielding the following (awkward?): ...
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“No matter (what?) the cost”

What is the correct saying? No matter the cost vs No matter what the cost As in, "I have to do this no matter the cost"?
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It never hurt like it does/is now

"I've been doing a lot of training in the past but it never was painful like it's now." When I choose to use different sentence: It never hurt like it (does/is) now" then which auxiliary verb do I ...
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Is the sentence “You wouldn't know if he did” grammatical/idiomatic?

Google gives you 0 results so I'm a bit skeptic. Example sentence: Speaker A: "My husband has never lied to me." Speaker B: “You wouldn’t know if he did.” (Meaning that Speaker A wouldn't ...
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What's the grammar of “Attached” in this email?

Attached you will find the document "How to fill out the online application". This document gives you full details on filling out the online application and should be read with care. They attached an ...
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He is fierce, as were warriors (so)

Is the so in this example incorrect or superfluous? I was thinking about the example of so with do: He asked me to send him money; I did (so). I wondered whether so could be used similarly in my ...