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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'if', meaning 'even if'. Why would ommision occur in some cases?

From Michael Swan's Practical English Usage 261.10: If, meaning 'even if' We can use 'if' to mean 'even if'. I'll finish this job if it takes all night. I wouldn't marry you if ...
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How to use THAT and WHO [duplicate]

I have some doubts about the usages of That and Who. Sometimes I read sentences such as. "You are someone I love" "You are someone WHO I love" Or "People were asked to describe the qualities they look ...
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Why is a preposition sometimes optional?

This question arises after seeing this thread. Consider the following sentences - There is no point discussing this here (Between "point" and "discussing", there is a "in" and that is ...
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In case of repeating a preposition, can we omit one?

I am trying to figure out an idea of mine as follows, Being the strategy of corresponding candidate matching is to intersect viewing ray planes belonging to the two images at a time, specific ...
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Ellipses and how to decide which part I can omit as an ellipsis

In English languages Ellipses are very common and widely used. Few are easy to pick up but few others are really hard to get. for non native speakers it's really very hard to pick up a difficult ...
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saying about in which department people work

I have next statements about people's company's department: He 's in production. They make the company's products. She 's in HR. She finds new people to work for the company. I think that we ...
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What does this mean: “Going to be something doing in the >humidity line< to-night”?

There's a line in the "Girl" story of O Henry saying, "Going to be something doing in the humidity line to-night." What does this mean? I didn't get the "humidity line" part. ... A puff of red-hot ...
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Why is “with” not used here?

The sun rises earlier and earlier each day and sets later and later, so that the business man upon returning from his office can enjoy reading the evening news with the same degree of comfort that he ...
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Comparing some sentences with the participle

Could you explain to me the difference in meaning between the following sentences? 1) Asked whether the discussion had brought agreement nearer, he said that every useful conversation was a step ...
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Is “The first place he went to was to his bed.” a wrong sentence?

The first place he went to was to his bed. My point is, is the second "to" superfluous in the sentence?
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What does this complicated sentence mean?

What does this sentence mean? The houses for ordinary people aren't built of such material as is the King's house. I don't understand this structure, especially as.
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Two possessive pronouns (hers, yours) in a sentence

You both have good cars. But hers is better than yours. Can I say that? I know that I can say "But her car is better than yours." Would it be too much to use two possessive pronouns in a sentence?
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He's 16 and she's 14.

Do the sentences below sound natural? I have a brother and a sister. He's 16 and she's 14. Or should you say, 'My brother is 16 and my sister is 14.'?
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Is it possible to remove subject relative pronouns? How? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences. Al Pacino is a famous actor [who] played Michel Corleone in The Godfather movie. Samsung is a very big company [which] produces home appliances. Question: is ...
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What is omitted here?

Political power, used right, will produce good results. "used right" means "if it is used right?"
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the first to do

Neil Armstrong was the first (man) to walk on the moon. Can I use this sentence without man, just "the first to walk." It might be grammatically correct, but how does it sound?
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infinitive with to as a noun modifier

I have a paper to write before class. I can say this, if I'm not mistaken, this way: I have a paper which is to be written before class. What has happened here? What is the name of this? Another ...
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What is the full sentence of 'X to the rescue'?

Almost all well-formed English sentences have a verb. Most grammar books for ELLs suggest that we can understand imperative sentences as having the implied "You" as the subject. For example, Sit ...
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Omitting a word when it referring to two actions

Here is my sentence. In our work, this is accomplished by identifying a feature line as a step-edge and the orthogonal residuals of the edge points to the fitted line. My question is whether ...
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What's the meaning of “hand out” and “fliers of a woman” in this sentence?

From CNN Student News, January 22, 2014: It tells that how the Russian Police guard Sochi -- a city in Russia which is supposed to hold the Winter Olympics in 2014. 40,000 Russian police and ...
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What's the meaning of “his day”?

From NPR: 'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician This passage describes David Dondero: a singer, songwriter as well as a transient. The following text is just a quotation about how ...
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What does “from year to year” mean?

Perennial:(of plants) continuing to live from year to year Would you kindly explain this part: from year to year?
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Is “Failed to …” grammatical?

I've seen some threads/topics that were entitled "Failed to...". eg. (the thread name from StackOverflow) Failed to load the JNI shared Library Is this grammatical? Why?
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Is the word “people” omitted in this passage?

“A basis is thus provided for explaining the unique indifference of this literature to certain cultural aims implicit in the aesthetic rendering of experience—to ideas generally, to theories of value, ...
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arrange a meeting [for] this weekend

What would you say if we arranged a meeting this weekend? Does it say that the meeting will take place this weekend or that we will be just arranging it this weekend (deciding its time)? My ...
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What is “No parking” short for?

I am studying in the imperative sentence and I wonder what "No parking" is short for.I also want to get more comprehensive material of the imperative sentence.
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Combining Sentences with Participle Phrase and Conjunction

While we were walking through the park. We saw lovely flowers. 1) While walking through the park, we saw lovely flowers. 2) Walking through the park, we saw lovely flowers. Are those reduced ...
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How to join sentences that have a preposition

This is the chair. My parents gave it to me. This is the chair which my parents gave to me. This is the chair which my parents gave me. Should it have "to" or not?
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When is it correct to repeat the subject?

In a sentence like this: He read a book and he discussed it with his friends. Is it correct to leave the second "he"? (He read a book and discussed it with his friends.) I suppose it is, because I'...
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Elliptic sentences with two auxiliaries (e.g. “I would (have).”)

I can contract my sentence when I contradict a statement or reply to a question. A: I would not trust him. B: I would. ( I would trust him.) But in the following sentence, must it always be “...
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Can I omit “the” in this sentence?

Dan has already given you a sense of the dramatic change that occurred between the '20s and the '30s. Can I omit the second highlighted the in this sentence? I know there is a thing called ellipsis, ...
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Is “she was younger than he” a grammatically correct expression?

I am reading an e-book named In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote, in which I read a sentence as: ...the person he had wished to marry——the sister of a college classmate, a...girl named Bonnie ...
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What does this sentence imply?

I found this tweet but I don't know what it implies... Does it mean the show will regret that it spent more time wallowing in sad feelings about what it had done and should have spent more time ...
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Where do you study?

What is the correct reply to Where do you study? At the library. The library.
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“if you want to” vs “if you want” - in the end of a sentence

I saw this sentence: But you can use this also, if you want to! I'm just wondering, what is the difference from this: But you can use this also, if you want! When and why should I attach to?
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Usage of “look” followed by a noun

I came across a sentence like "The room looked a big mess." (Macmillan Dictionary) "That looks an interesting book." My understanding is that "look" of this usage comes with adjective and "look like" ...
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Should I add “counterparts” to the end of this paragraph?

I am writing an introduction: Humanities courses are very useful to students. Yet, in my opinion, schools should focus more on science and mathematics courses. The benefits of these courses vastly ...
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Should I say “they” twice in this sentence?

I have this sentence: Even though some people argue that public transportation systems have many disadvantages, I firmly believe that they have many benefits and should be constructed. Should I ...
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Why there are two 'were's in one sentence?

But, as time went on, it became increasingly obvious that many of the programs were not available, and the ones that were were written in a particularly obscure form of BASIC. (Probability Theory:...
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Can I omit the second “is” in “is… and is…”?

What is the correct syntax: This column is a primary key and null. or This column is a primary key and is null. Should I write is again?
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Which vs Which one

Recently I've come across sentences that doesn't have "one" in it and it looks like odd to me because I'm used to say "which one...?" The sentences must be correct because they are from a grammar. ...
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What does 'the + adjective' mean?

From being one of the most popular and admired people at the school, Harry was suddenly the most hated. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) I’ve thought a ‘the + adjective’ means a group of ...
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Which is the subject?

I heard the high thin laugh again. "You're nobody, son. You don't exist - can't you see that? The white folk tell everybody what to think - except men like me. I tell them; that's my life, telling ...
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Can relative pronouns be omitted in some regions?

“I guess it was Cal asked Lee.” (Aron, born in California) . . . . . . “That’s a smell could raise me out of a concrete grave.” (Adam, born in Connecticut) (John Steinbeck, East of Eden) In the ‘...
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“Looking forward to hearing from you” - May I omit “I am” at the beginning?

At the end of a letter, is it correct to omit "I am" in this sentence? I am looking forward to hearing from you Then it will become: Looking forward to hearing from you
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Why is the subject omitted?

The class everyone had really been looking forward to was Defense Against the Dark Arts, but Quirrell's lessons turned out to be a bit of a joke. His classroom smelled strongly of garlic, which ...
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Can even an expert use Conversational Deletion in his official place?

And when you’re drinking processed fruit juice, you’re also missing out on the healthy benefits of eating real fruit itself such as the fiber and vitamins. So you better off going back to eating ...
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Can 'bit of' be used?

As Harry helped himself to a treacle tart, the talk turned to their families. "I'm half-and-half," said Seamus. "Me dad's a Muggle. Mom didn't tell him she was a witch 'til after they were ...
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Why is there no determiner before wife?

Ken was one of nine children of Patrick William Jubb and wife Mary Alice (nee Finlayson). (The Age) There’s no determiner like ‘his’ in front of ‘wife.’ Did the paper miss it or is it a possible ...
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Why are there two nouns after neither?

It will be marked that I substitute time terms for spatial ones. In fact, I would have the reader see “nine” and “fourteen” as the boundaries – the mirror beaches and rosy rocks – of an enchanted ...

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