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Questions tagged [ellipsis]

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

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Is it grammatically correct to omit a comma after dialogue ending in an ellipsis?

I know that Grammarly isn't always correct but before tonight, I didn't know punctuation directly after an ellipsis was grammatically correct, even in special circumstances such as dialogue. Unless ...
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Ellipsis related to subjunctive mood? [closed]

You Sunk My Carrier: How the Navy Could Sink China's New Aircraft Carriers That means war. Here's how it goes down. by James Holmes National Interest.org Although It is certain that an ...
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Can a sentence have no verb except in what would otherwise be its noun phrase?

Can a sentence have no verb except in what would otherwise be its noun phrase? e.g. The car in the street I walk down. I'm guessing that "the street I walk down" would be the noun phrase, and it ...
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2 or more dots is an ellipsis … or something else?

As a transcriber, I have seen many ways dots are used in literature —mostly to avoid redundancy. But I have seen dots unspaced from single letters, such as in the phrase "Guess the city: N.. Y..." The ...
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“Although in poor health, she continued…” vs “No matter how poor her health, she continued…”

The following is grammar question from an English as a second language exam My girlfriend was showing me a copy of the exam she took several years ago after finishing high school. We were looking at ...
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If necessary vs If it is necessary [closed]

A lot of phrases sound odd or like ellipsis (also pointed out here, as elision) when "it" or any subject is left out. Like: If wrong, correct it. If intelligent, hire her. If stolen, please report ...
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Can I use an ellipsis at the beginning of a quote? [closed]

Can I use an ellipsis at the beginning of a quote? The quote I have used had multiple sentences and I only wanted a few of the sentences so I took out part of the quote: "...The witness for the ...
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when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying

"when I held the assembly that women are fun I were just lying" The speaker had previously said so to an assembly of workmates. What does the sentence mean? The sentence can be heard (with the ...
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“Go before the numbers build”

In Mark Ravenhill's The Cane, there is a line which I think it's a slang, but I can't find any references on the net. Please help me: Maureen: Which is why I’ve invited the Head here today. I want ...
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What does “… …” mean over chats or posts? [closed]

I wonder in a text what does "... ..." mean? For example, someone comments "... ..." on a picture. I tried looking at Urban Dictionary, but it didn't work.
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Is it ok to use just “Careful!” instead of ”Be careful!” preceded by “be”?

Is it “correct” if I say Careful! here without be in front of it? Careful! There is a car coming! Careful! Just one step back and you will fall off the cliff.
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Should repeated words after an ellipsis be capitalized?

I've searched everywhere, including questions about whether to capitalize after a stutter (no), capitalize after an ellipsis (no if it's a continuation of a sentence, yes if it's a new sentence), but ...
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“Straight down that way, then a *hard* to the left” : noun, or rather adj of elliptical material?

From Shameless US, season 9 episode 5, minute 20:12: Straight down that way, then a hard to the left. Here is a transcript of the episode. Is hard here a noun, or rather adj of elliptical ...
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How to omit lines when quoting a play

I am citing the play All My Sons in an essay I am writing. I don't want to have a lot of unnecessary content in my quotes and I am not too familiar with quoting plays, so I want to ask how I should ...
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Proper grammar with ellipsis?

Bear with me, please. Consider this sentence: "He might've turned his head and seen the incident, but I'm not sure." This sounds awkward, but it makes sense, as seen agrees with might have. But ...
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That's you (that table is for you / is your table) [closed]

A waitress, who is going to serve a dish to a lady, says "That's you" pointing towards an empty table, at which the lady sits. The scene is from the series Shameless, s07e08, min 5:40 What does "...
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“in favor” used adverbially

I'd like to know whether the phrase "in favor" can be used adverbially, e.g. They all voted in favor.
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What do we call the process of dropping the subject at the beginning of a sentence?

In casual conversation I've been noticing this more and more in my own speaking as well as others. The subject will be missing from the beginning of the sentence and instead it's inferred as the ...
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Using commas in cases of “extreme contrast” (commas in compound predicates with “but”)

It seems to me that many, including myself recently, are applying this "extreme contrast" rule to the wrong cases. (See #2 in link below.) https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...
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Help me to explain this sentence's grammar

Global temperatures have already risen 0.9℃ and continental temperatures 1.5℃ degrees above pre-industrial levels" This is a sentence from an essay about ice melting and environment changing. It ...
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Comma use when omitting a repeated verb (ellipsis)

I am 'querying' an agent... And I would like to keep grammar mistakes and infelicities down to a manageable dozen. So here goes: In the following sentence, "In the story, Gilgamesh is king, and ...
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“Everyone is fine and having fun” or “Everyone is fine and is having fun.”

While both sentences are probably grammatical, I’m wondering which one is preferable. To me, the first sentence sounds awkward, but the second sentence may have an unnecessary is. Basing your answers ...
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“In 200 meters slight left” - Google Maps grammatical mistake? [closed]

When Google Maps gives directions, it says "In 200 meters slight left". There is no verb in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct or just a mistake by Google?
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omission of infinitive marker: i.e., He'll come, if he wants (to)

To me, these He'll come, if he wants He'll come, if he's able He'll come, if I allow him are simply variants of He'll come, if he wants to He'll come, if he's able to He'll ...
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What does an ellipses mean when it is between paragraphs?

So I was reading a narrative and I came across an ellipse. I know that ellipses are used sometimes to mark ommissions in a quote, however, what does it mean when it is used between paragraphs - and I'...
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Proper ellipsis [linguistic] for “Yes/No” questions/answers containing “do + like”

Is it grammatically correct to say/write the following Q: Do you like to eat ice cream/apples...? A: No, I don't like [to eat apples]./ Yes, I like [to eat apples]. Is it necessary to include the ...
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“You mean the guy who sells fruit?” or “Do you mean the guy who sells fruit?” [duplicate]

In conversation, which is correct: You mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? or Do you mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? My ESL student has asked me why we don't always include ...
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Why isn’t “It’s” a complete sentence, but “It is” is? [duplicate]

I’m a native English speaker, so I understand that It’s. is not a complete sentence, whereas the sentence It is. is a complete sentence. What linguistic mechanism prevents “It’s.” from being ...
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Capitalization of a word after an ellipsis

Should I capitalize the word "don't" in the following sentence? Listen... don’t panic.
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“Since my bachelor’s and master’s degree” or “…bachelor’s and master’s degrees”?

What do you think is the proper sentence (and why) between Since my bachelor’s and master’s degree Since my bachelor’s and master’s degrees My head tells me the second one is the proper ...
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What does 'back up with' mean? [closed]

The expression comes from the following meme of Stevie Wonder How I feel while backing up with 5% window tint I think it's some kind of insulting the blinds. I don't enjoy those things, but the ...
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How would you punctuate a separate sentence within parentheses with an ellipsis at the end?

For context: I think the whipped cream really helps cut through the strong alcohol taste, and >it also adds some fat, so give it a shot! (No pun intended…) Do I need to put a period/full stop ...
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Relative pronouns “where” and “when”: where can they be omitted?

I know the "omitting-rules" regarding the relative pronouns who/which/that and whose. How does it work with where and when? In the first sentence I cannot omit where but I can easily omit when in the ...
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Is “He is, and so is Ryan and McConnell” grammatical?

This is a portion of a recent reader comment for an article in the Washington Post: "[Trump] leaves himself open to the charge that he is violating his oath of office" He is, and so is Ryan ...
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What does “you like stick” and “I like aerosol” mean?

This is a part of a song named Fools by Australian singer Troye Sivan. I don’t get the meaning of the third line. I get the literal meaning of stick and aerosol, but I don’t think a piece of wood and ...
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Shall I get us a Chinese for dinner tonight? [duplicate]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Shall I get us a Chinese for dinner tonight? I saw this in a book and it looks a bit strange to me. Should there be an article before the word Chinese? ...
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How are parentheses ellipsis (…) used in quotations?

I've seen some people use (...) instead of ... in quotations and I was wondering what the difference was. Do parentheses indicate something else like brackets [...] do? Is it just a stylistic thing? ...
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“There’s a horse running a pal of mine owns a leg of” [closed]

What does the sentence in bold mean? It from the movie 'Poirot': Poirot: And you, Hastings, do not you run away with such celerity. I have work for you too. Hastings: Oh! Er... As a matter ...
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“good lay in” --> what does “in” stand for here?

What is the exact function of the word "in" here? Richard, I’ve had the last good lay in an old whore, and it had to be in front of the mirror. For the context of this sentence, see this article. ...
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Is it common to end a sentence with “very”?

I've read Practical English Usage by M. Swan to get the notion of ellipsis and find out whether it is possible to make a sentence below but I got to nowhere. It ends with "very" and I'm not sure ...
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When citing, is omitted reference replaced by ellipsis?

Let's say I want to quote this sentence from a text I refer to as "Smith (2016)": Research has shown that dogs can't fly (Watson 2015), but they can bark. but I don't want to quote Smith's ...
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Do the ellipsis/ellipses (…) replace commas?

There is contradicting information on how to use the ellipsis/ellipses (and contradicting information on what its exact name is called--but that's irrelevant) so I'll ask. And I know it's mostly a ...
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Singular/plural forms of objects with “respectively” [closed]

Which of the following two sentences is correct? A and B are the minimum and maximum value, respectively. A and B are the minimum and maximum values, respectively. I tend to think that the first one ...
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“once put” vs. “once it is put”

Is the ellipsis of "it is" in the following sentence acceptable/preferred? Once [it is] put in the context of philosophy of language, the problem X can be recast as follows. Such ellipse after ...
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The Taller Girls of the Two Girls [Ellipsis]

I have a case in which the head of a noun phrase can be omitted. the taller girl of the two girls First of all, can I consider taller a new head or should I only notice that the head is omitted (...
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Ellipse of “in which” after “the way”

The term "the way in which" is very common in English texts. But usually "in which" sounds unnecessary to me. Is it accepted/proffered to just omit it. Example: The different you sense between ...
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Use or omit ellipsis when using part of a quotation at the start of a sentence?

Full quotation: "I love the president and it's an honour to be here", said Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's new White House communications director. Example 1 (ellipsis): "...it's an honour to ...
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“Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s (is)”

Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s. Electricity has a velocity (that is) as high as light’s is. These two sentences both seem to be correct to me, but I am in doubt about ...
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Punctuation: Dialogue that trails off and picks up again

How would you correctly punctuate dialogue that trails off, but then picks up again? A: "Something about the way she smells ..." The man breathed in deep, a smile spreading across his face. "... ...
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Omit same verbs in list of clauses

First, I have to admit that I don't know a good term to refer to this case, nor do I have a concrete example. Everything is just from a vague memory. So if you can correct me or suggest a good ...