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Thanks a lot for reading my question about English grammar, and as you can see, I am an English novice, whose native language is Chinese.

I am learning an article written by Henry Moore entitled 'The Sculptor Speaks' and totally confused by a sentence of this article. Here is the original paragraph,which said:

And the sensitive observer of sculpture must also learn to feel shape simply as shape, not as description or reminiscence. He must, for example, perceive an egg as a simple single solid shape, quite apart from its significance as food, or from the literary idea that it will become a bird. And so with solids such as a shell, a nut, a plum, a pear, a tadpole, a mushroom, a mountain peak, a kidney, a carrot, a tree-trunk, a bird, a bud, a lark, a lady bird, a bulrush, a bone. From these he can go on to appreciate more complex forms or combinations of several forms.

The sentence bewilders me is bold font in the quoted paragraph, and I am wondering why a sentence can be written like 'And so with...'. It is not that I do not know this is a sort of omission that is rarely mentioned by teachers or in grammar books, but I cannot get its accurate meaning.

Despite this, I have made a few attempt to get its meaning by filling the omission. There the way: Absolute Construction.

And he must also feel shape simply as shape, not as description or reminiscence with solids such (being) as a shell, a nut, a plum, a pear, a tadpole, a mushroom, a mountain peak, a kidney, a carrot, a tree-trunk, a bird, a bud, a lark, a ladybird, a bulrush, a bone.

Does this right and precisely explain the author's point?

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Much depends on the meaning of so. I believe that is it used by Moore in this way:

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so:

used usually before the verbs "have", "be", or "do", and other auxiliary verbs to express the meaning "in the same way" or "in a similar way":

Moore is saying and in the same way that an egg should be seen as a simple shape, the other listed things should be seen as simple shapes (and not as their functions might suggest to us).

The parallelism implied by "in the same way" is between our perception of eggs and our perception of all the other things. From that viewpoint, your introduction of being is unnecessary.

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