Questions tagged [ellipsis]

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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 ...
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Can I take an absence of 'we' as a using of ellipsis in that context?

1) We hear a song from our past and are transported back to a memory from long ago, albeit a good or a bad one the same as 2) We hear a song from our past and we are transported back to a memory ...
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former or formerly on name change

I have a difference of opinion with some colleagues of mine. We want to express a changed name of a person with refering to the previous name. I wrote it like this: Steve Smith (formerly Steve ...
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with it, outside control

"If the press were not profit-making, who would support it? The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control." Q1. I understand the sentence until "subsidy and", but not the following ...
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Can this sentence be like this?

I saw the sentence like this on the internet. I went to the kitchen, cooked for me. Can I understand the meaning of this sentence like this? I went to the kitchen and I cooked for me. Have I ...
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in spite of everyone playing or in spite of playing

1.In spite of everyone playing well, we lost the game. 2.In spite of playing well, we lost the game. Which is better? I prefer 2#. I think "everyone" and "we" are the same in this sentence.
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Omitting the subject between

I can do this one but am not sure about the other. Can I say the sentence above? Or I have to say "...this one but I am not...", but using two I's seems a bit redundant, on the other hand omitting it ...
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“as rich as him”, “as rich as he” or “as rich as he is”

1) I've never met a man as rich as him. 2) I've never met a man as rich as he. 3) I've never met a man as rich as he is. Which one of the above-mentioned is correct (in formal scenario) and ...
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Can you leave out “for” in “ask somebody their age”?

Is the form "ask somebody their age" (as opposed to "ask somebody for their age") correct?
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Is it appropriate to reduce the sentence in this way?

Can I say this sentence in this way: The document which is to be signed by me is to be reviewed by the Manager and to be signed by the General Director. ⇒ The document to be signed by me to be ...
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What is the ellipsis of the sentence?

But then as Mama and Papa drove away, Sal burst into tears. A delayed reaction. It was as if something inside her suddenly broke or popped or was switched on. She was hysterical. Gabby, Billy, and ...
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Not using the “verb” in a sentence

How correct is to ignore using the verb if it is repeated. example: A traditional teacher can teach hundreds, another one who uses technology thousands.
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Is “he” omitted in this sentence?

Knowledge of Geology.— Practical, but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in ...
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'Help improve Android Studio' <— Is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I have doubt about this sentence. Help improve Android Studio I think it should be "Help to improve", because "improve" is a verb. Is this grammatical correct? If so, why is it correct? If not ...
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Is a verb missing from “…the company had turned away from DJs and towards the audiophile market…”?

From the article Technics’ new “standard” SL-1200GR turntable expected to cost $2,000 on factmag.com: Earlier this week, Technics’ creative director Hiro Morishita told The New York Times why the ...
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“First time in” or “first time to”?

In the following sentence: "Is this your first _______________ to Sydney?" I thought that the possible answers were "visit", "trip" or "journey".(any others?) However, I've just seen on the ...
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should we use “that” or any other conjunction after “if”?

Nick is happy to be home. But I don't know if he's happy I'm with him. I feel narrator should have used "that" or "because" after happy in above sentence. Am I correct?
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The case when n=1, or the case n=1

In a mathematical proof (using the induction), when I deal with the base case, which is (if any) correct? The case when n=1 is trivial The case n=1 is trivial I would like to know if I need "when" ...
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Ellipsis for a list of nouns

Let's say a company has several business segments, including Hardware and Software. When I try to combine both these segments in a sentence, should it be "the Hardware and Software segment are ..." or ...
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Does it make sense to say: “I am trying to”?

Last week, my friends and I went fishing. I heard two people talking beside us while fishing. I don't know them and will name them A and B. This is what they said. A: How long have you been ...
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Using Indefinite Article

Is it not necessary to use the indefinite article an before e-mail in the following sentence? " ... Six months later you find a name and e-mail address on a card or an old piece of paper." It's ...
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“Just look” vs “Just look at”

Just look how many poor people are there. or Just look at how many poor people are there. Which is correct or what's the difference?

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