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An ellipsis is an omission of words from a clause, or the punctuation mark "..."

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He doesn’t go fishing with friends(,) as he once promised [ [not] to]

I am trying to translate a sentence. Which is the correct interpretation? He doesn’t go fishing with friends(,) as he once promised. = He doesn’t go fishing with friends, as he once promised to. He ...
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"X not Y" structures [closed]

I frequently hear sentences like the following in spoken English, but rarely see this written. "The tree fell on my brother's car, not my father's car." "I ordered steak, not lobster.&...
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Using brackets / ellipsis in quotes; also, citing poems?

When using a bracketed form of ellipsis, would I also bracket the period at the end of a quote ended early? Ex. "What god drove them to fight with such a fury? / Apollo the son of Zeus and Leto. ...
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SVO,SVO: omit repeated V

Alice eats Apples, Bob (eats) Oranges. Always ok to omit the repeated verb in the second clause? Also if the objects are longer constructs? A question of language register? Counterexamples where the ...
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Why can you omit "is" at the end of "no matter how foul their mood"?

In a recent episode of Frieren, one character said: But people have to work to make a living no matter how foul their mood. On one hand, it seems like this sentence is missing the word "is"...
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Are there any rules regarding position of elided Verb Phrase--before or after the Subject-- in Verb Phrase ellipsis?

Defendants fifteen and younger are particularly impaired, and waive their rights much more frequently than do adults. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/01/02/no-remorse The un-omitted version ...
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What is proper punctuation & capitalization for the first sentence of a block quotation if only the 2nd half of sentence from the source is included?

Should an ellipsis be used at the beginning of a block quote, in which the first sentence of the multi sentence quote is only quoting half (the 2nd half) of the original quoted sentence? In other ...
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What grammar construction is preventing the highlighted section from committing a "run on sentence" error?

His mother died during his sophomore year, his father when he was a senior. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/the-lost-giant-of-american-literature
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How common is ellipting '(that/which has) to do'? [closed]

I am wondering how often the structure 'that has to do' is reduced to just 'to do', and what style marker it carries in such a case. Let's see: '...and that's how you know how much to pay for your ...
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Is this awkward reuse of a verb between subjects correct?

From a Library of Congress article about Freud: ...patients tended to perform for the camera and doctors to record the most photogenic. This sentence seems to reuse the verb tended between the ...
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...can you say that you won’t and haven’t sold Pegasus to [ellipsis]

Is this kind of elliptical construction used widely? SHALEV: I’m not gonna talk about specific customer. LESLEY: But can you say that you won’t and haven’t sold Pegasus to a country that is known to ...
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"ought" with or without "to"? [duplicate]

We usually say "ought to" not "ought". (Although more often we say "should"). I wonder when I can say "ought" without "to". Some examples: 1: Ought I ...
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Do I need to add "in" before "an English-speaking country" in this sentence?

1 All my life, I have dreamed of living somewhere overseas, potentially an English-speaking country. 2 All my life, I have dreamed of living somewhere overseas, potentially in an English-speaking ...
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An annoyingly technical question about right nonce-constituent coordination in Huddleston & Pullum (2002)

I'm currently reading Huddleston & Pullum (2002), aka CGEL, specifically the chapter on "right nonce-constituent coordination"; the relevant pages are pp. 1342-1343. My question is about ...
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How do multiple modal constructions work with ellipsis or inversion?

I have been researching on multiple modal constructions, which is a dialect mainly used in The Southern United States. Unlike Standard English, this dialect allows more than one modal auxiliary per ...
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Ellipsis of "be" before the passive form of verbs

Google dictionary (based on Oxford dictionary) has an entry for the verb "reveal" as follows: make (something) known to humans by divine or supernatural means. And it includes one example: ...
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What is it called when a sentence is continued after an ellipsis?

It there a term for when a sentence is broken off by an ellipsis, and then continued? Consider this example from Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time (2001, p. 10): “They were… non-life forms.” I know ...
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As + (Subject + Verb) omission [duplicate]

In present tense or past tense, subject and verb can be omitted after conjunction. For example People tend to laugh when (they are) imagining pleasant things When (I was) going home, I met my father ...
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after movement have ceased (Steinbeck)

John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley (1962): "That discussion, however, did not go into the life span of journeys. This seems to be variable and unpredictable. Who has not known a journey to be ...
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Placement order of ellipsis, punctuation, and footnote reference mark in block excerpt

Dealing with an extended block quotation that must retain its internal and original footnote reference markers to sources. The block quotation comprises several paragraphs with a number of ellipses ...
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What is the second 'of' referring to in this sentence?

But it was a vision of democracy: of a San Francisco run by its people, and not the royalty who dance at the Fairmont. Apparently, some words are left out in the sentence. I have come up with two ...
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Regarding a sentence involving coordination and subject-auxiliary inversion

When I am reading a paper, I come across a long sentence: Only when this pain remains with you, is with you eternally, can you enjoy eternally the pace and dance of humanity, can praise the shouts ...
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Is this ellipsis of the head noun in “be of” constructions? [duplicate]

I was asked about a sentence from The Economist and I found it difficult to explain the usage of of in it: The most alarming scenario is of rogue AI turning evil, as seen in countless sci-fi films. ...
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Capitalization after an ellipsis beginning a paragraph midway in a multi-paragraph quotation

If midway in a multi-paragraph quotation, a paragraph begins with one or more prior paragraphs omitted, and the line starts mid-sentence with preceding words omitted, is the line capitalized after the ...
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Ellipses variously representing omitted sentences and paragraphs in multi-paragraph excerpt

If midway in a multi-paragraph quotation, a paragraph begins with one or more paragraphs prior (in between) omitted and the line starts mid-sentence, does one ellipsis convey both of these? If one ...
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How is “The Stars My Destination” a grammatically correct title/sentence?

It's a bit of a niche question, but I've always wondered how the title of Alfred Bester's 1956 novel is at all grammatically correct. I feel like it teeters on being grammatically sufficient, but isn'...
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...you want (to)

a. You can't play, but you want (to). b. You can leave whenever you want (to). In (a), I think the version with "to" at the end is more idiomatic, but in (b), I think the version without &...
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Is adjective ellipsis possible when coordinating between uncountable nouns and countable nouns preceded by articles?

A sentence like "The man has white hair and beard" is totally acceptable in languages without countable/uncountable nouns or articles, and languages where modifiers follow the head noun (...
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Omitting the verb in non-parallel clauses

I've seen this sentence in a textbook and it sounds unnatural to me. It was the Ottomans who were developed and Western Europe underdeveloped. I feel like the omission might have been correct If the ...
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How to use apostrophes when you end a sentence with ellipsis

Should this sentence have a possessive apostrophe at the end of it? Unfortunately, the list below is similar to the original vendors.
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If I simultaneously change and omit part of a quote, should I include ellipsis next to the brackets?

I feel it would be easiest to explain using my specific situation as an example. I am writing an essay in which I plan to include the following quotation from a secondary source: The more she talks, ...
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Ellipsis in although structure?

I've come across a kinda weird structure and can't figure it out in terms of grammars I know. This is the sentence: Although can not totally independent of surrounding temperature, Amphibians do ...
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Cambridge First for Schools: “if you hadn't helped [me] so much”

The following question is taken from First for Schools Trainer 2 with Answers published by Cambridge English and Cambridge University Press. The task below is copied verbatim Test 4 Reading and Use ...
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Omission of repeated "the" [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct? The design of trading mechanisms, the management of uncertainty and the protection of privacy are the main issues in.... The design of trading mechanisms, ...
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Capitalization Rules for Ellipses [duplicate]

when you have ellipses in a text such as a novel, I was wondering what the capitalization rules are for the first word after the ellipsis. My understanding, which is not based on anything other than ...
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Using 'all' without a noun or pronoun [closed]

As far as I understand, 'all' should always be followed by a noun or pronoun, so the sentence 'I want to buy all' is incorrect. However, in computer games and mobile apps, I often see phrases like '...
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Is this an example of ellipsis? '... , only a glimmer of the moon.'

There wasn't much light, only a glimmer of the moon. In this sentence, is the highlighted part an example of ellipsis? Could we expand this to the following sentence? There wasn't much light, as ...
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Things he knew were not true, he knew could not be true [closed]

Things he knew were not true, he knew could not be true. Is this a grammatical sentence? I don't really know what material has been ellipted, so a bracket analysis would help.
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List of quotes with ellipsis. Separate by commas?

I have this text: She is known for using phrases like. "Here will be…" "This place will be called…" "This wall will have this color…" She never starts her sentences with ...
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A number of people wanted to, but the investigation failed to reveal they

Fowler reads “There are a number of people who might have wanted to kill Robert [...] , but the intervening two decades have failed to reveal whom [read who].” (Although whom might seem to be the ...
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How to quote material that ends sections with semicolons

I haven't found an answer to this specific scenario: "This is an example of the quoted text from the report where this section ends with a semicolon;" That is also the end of my sentence so ...
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“Think+Noun+good luck” vs “Think + Noun+ is good luck” [duplicate]

I saw a question on Quora recently which asked about the grammar of the following sentence: “The British think ravens good luck” Interestingly, most answers weren't familiar with this structure but ...
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Can I use an ellipsis (three dots) when I'm about to tell a story?

Consider the following sentence: So how this method is useful, you might say. Here's the story. and then I'm telling the story from a new paragraph. So my question is can I use an ellipsis at the ...
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Ellipsis of "to" in successive infinitives

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads When a second infinitive is used after a to-infinitive, the second (and third, etc.) example is not necessarily preceded by to. Contrast ‘can be ...
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'Oil produced' vs 'produced oil', take 2

Recently a question was asked here on EL&U: This is the sentence I’m confused about: After eight years, the amount of oil produced rose significantly. Why is it oil produced and not produced oil? ...
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Is it grammatical to use ellipses to indicate a character reminiscing?

Is the usage of ellipses correct here? He sat on his wooden desk, fixing the reel on his cassette. When he played the cassette, his mind played the memories of the past ... [a paragraph outlining the ...
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Is such an ellipsis acceptable?

If we have the sentence She is interested in philosophy (especially philosophy of mathematics). is the following ellipsis acceptable in modern (American) English? She is interested in philosophy (...
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Spoken equivalent of ... (ellipsis)?

When skipping part of the sentence or paragraph in a direct quote, it is common to use the ellipsis (...) There are two ways of misunderstanding a poem ... the other to praise it for qualities that ...
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Using ellipsis (omission) with verbs? [duplicate]

I want to know if a sentence like this is possible: "After leaving school, John became a barrister, Alex a judge and Mark a writer." In the last two instances, "became" is omitted ...
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What kind of elliptical construction would the following interpretation fall into and what are some similar examples?

Here is the sentence construction: As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up. I want to ...
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