I want to ask a question which is not clear for me. In an exam, we were given such a question that it says which of the following dialogues doesnt have ellipsis. Two most possible answers are these below. According to test department the answer is B. But A option doesn't include any ellipsis as well. It has substitution, isn't it? Any ideas on this topic?

A) X: You tasted it before, didn't you? Y: I don't think so.

B) A: I think they're not doing well. B: It is not as bad as you think

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    @Araucaria H&P's CGEL seems to agree with you. On page 1519, [1.ii] "Sue will help me, won't she __ ?" <== and they say: "[W]e have ellipsis of the non-finite complement of an auxiliary verb." :) – F.E. Jul 12 '15 at 18:50
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    @F.E. Phew, I don't need to go and look that up then ... :D – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jul 12 '15 at 18:51
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    @F.E. What's your feeling re ellipsis in B)? It seems a bit like as you think it is to me ... – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jul 12 '15 at 19:03
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    If you're trying to find ways to get points for your answer, then, one place might be with the comparative construction "It is not as bad as you think". You might be able to find a grammar that would consider the reduction in the comparative clause as a kind of ellipsis, maybe. :) – F.E. Jul 12 '15 at 19:06
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    @F.E. Answer? Every answer I've done on here is just an indication of my failure to get on with my work for more than five minutes at a time :) Not going to do any proper ones right now! – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jul 12 '15 at 19:16

The object of the preposition 'before' is elided: "before [now]", for one example, or "before [you went to the hospital]" for another.

  • A bit of a stretch, but that may be what the testers had in mind. – Hot Licks Jun 26 '16 at 13:09

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