Could someone please explain, why the pronoun and the verb "be" are omitted in the following sentence?

"it allows communication even for people far away from each other"

Shouldn't this sentence be "it allows communication even for people WHO ARE far away from each other"?

  • This is a common rule in English syntax, called Whiz-Deletion. Sep 16, 2019 at 0:48
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    They aren't omitted per se. They simply are not needed. Ars longa, vita brevis. :)
    – tchrist
    Sep 16, 2019 at 0:55
  • Right. You don't have to recycle them or anything. Sep 16, 2019 at 1:30
  • There's no deletion of "who are". The expression "far away from each other" does modify "people", though it's not some kind of relative clause but a preposition phrase. Syntactically it's no different to "a tree [by the gate]" or "a hut [in the forest]", where the bracketed PPs modify "tree" and "hut" respectively.
    – BillJ
    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:59