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(a) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and will be accompanied to the airport by the Minister of Sports.

(b) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and be accompanied to the airport by the Minister of Sports.

I have two questions about modal-verb ellipsis.

  1. Can we omit the boldfaced modal verb in (a), without changing the meaning of the sentence?

  2. Which sounds more natural, (a) or (b)?

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    Neither. “The delegation will depart the embassy for the airport at 9ᴀᴍ, accompanied by the minister of sports.” – tchrist Sep 17 '14 at 12:56
  • "Can we omit the boldfaced modal verb in (a)?" Not in this case, at least. "Which sounds more natural?" (a), of course, (b) sounds difficult to parse and almost ambiguous. – Kris Sep 17 '14 at 12:57
  • @tchrist That doesn't mean the same thing as (a) or (b). – Kris Sep 17 '14 at 12:58
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    @Kris Of course it does. – tchrist Sep 17 '14 at 12:58
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    Both sound fine to my native speaker ear:) Both seem completely theoretically possible. It's just a coordination of entire Verb Phrases or of the lower verb phrases complementing the phrasal verb. – Araucaria Sep 17 '14 at 15:58
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1 - Yes 2 - (B); no need to repeat, sounds weird in normal conversation

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