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“The place I was born” vs. “The place I was born in”

This is the place where I was born. [1] I can omit where & keep the antecedent place : This is the place I was born. [1a] I can omit the antecedent place and keep the relative word where : ...
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Omission of subject in tensed clause

I know the subject can be omitted in untensed clauses. But I've encountered with the following: You spent more money than was intended to be spent. Here, 'than' seems to be functioning like a ...
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Go fun the world - is it correct?

I want to know if 9Gag slogan "Go fun the world" is correct or not. I know that it is ok to say "Let's go have fun" but the slogan above misses "have". Is it ok? One more - is "word" addressee there? ...
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How do I omit part of part of a legal definition with an ellipsis?

I need to contract the below sentence (it was legalese that I have simplified) to just present (b), but need to indicate that (b) is not the only condition: Ending on the earlier of (a) [occurrence]...
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What’s the long form corresponding to the short form “English Language & Usage”?

Am I right that ①English Lan­guage & Usage is the short form ei­ther for ②English Lan­guage & Its Usage or else for ③English Lan­guage & The Usage of It, rather than for ④English Lan­...
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When can I omit the auxiliary verb in Past Perfect…?

I've come across two examples of past-perfect in the textbook and was wondering if someone could please explain why the latter sentences still use 'had' and why it shouldn't be omitted: 1) When I ...
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Omitting Relative Pronoun and verb “be” [duplicate]

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 "...
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What do you call the sentence structure of “The X-er __, the Y-er __”?

Is there a term for a sentence in the form of "The ___, the ___"? For example: The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Further, is this a proper sentence? Is there an implied verb?...
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Omission of “is” in “She thought the study of Latin a waste of time.”

In The Elements of Style, the authors give this example: She thought the study of Latin a waste of time. I cannot understand why the verb is has been omitted. Should not this sentence be as: ...
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If it isn't [someone's name]!

"If it isn't [a name]!" can be used to show surprise when you bump into someone, but it is not a complete sentence. What is omitted (and understood) here? I'd appreciate your help.
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Can you omit only a subject following “as long as?”

Can you leave a subject following “as long as” out, keeping the verb followed alive? I can read it aloud for you as long as it is in English. So you can watch any movies as long as they have ...
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The “that” elimination problem

The sentence I marveled that you chuckled that I said "juxtaposition". suffers from "that" overload. We'd all agree. It's easy to slim either 'that'. Hence either I marveled you chuckled that I ...
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Since and for, where can they be omitted?

I’m well aware of the difference between ‘since’ and ‘for’. However I have a question. Imagine I say ‘I’ve been working on the essay since Saturday’ or ‘I’ve been working on the essay for two days’. ...
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commas/ omitting “which is”

In the passage below, shouldn't the writer have included which is before the word championed, since it is in a non-defining clause? In seeking to describe the origins of theater, one must rely ...
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Article before nouns in the appositive phrase?

Here are two examples: Nobody creates post-apocalyptic flicks better than George Miller, the director of the Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business ...
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differentiate `to+verb` from `verb` in the context of a list

He gives wisdom and knowledge to enable his children to understand and see the invisible. He gives wisdom and knowledge to enable his children to understand and to see the invisible. Sometimes I ...
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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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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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Do I need to include “the” for each item in a text sequence

Can anyone please tell me that which is more appealing: • My industrial collaborations at the national and the international levels. • My industrial collaborations at the national and ...
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When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: The sculpture A exhibits degradation at a ...
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Is it gramatically correct to omit the preposition “on” when talking about events occuring on a certain day? [duplicate]

I'm taking this online course on technical writing. It suggests that you can omit "on" from The meeting happened on Monday to turn it to The meeting happened Monday The second one seems wrong ...
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Can I omit the “is” in “a lower price than is actually intended to be charged”? [closed]

I came across the following sentence when I looked up the meaning of "low-ball". The low-ball is a persuasion and selling technique in which an item or service is offered at a lower price than is ...
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What do you think about “Sorry.” as a complete sentence? or What are your thoughts on subject omission? [duplicate]

I've been poring over materials on Japanese (日本語) and found it common of them to contrast the language with English in saying that pronominal subjects can be —and typically are, as with 私は (Watashi ha,...
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Confusion in the usage of the conjunction word “that”

I read an article on the National Geographic website: In this sentence: We reach the water and I try to swim – but the water is so salty I just float on the surface. Cannot we use "that" ...
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Articles- Please remove card

Omission of articles is often, in my opinion, quite confusing, as they are often omitted in cases I'd find them needed. I know that some of it might just be for simplicity sake- teachers can't always ...
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Which Sunday do you prefer, if Sunday is OK with you?

Which Sunday do you prefer, if Sunday is OK with you? Is the above sentence grammatically correct and natural? I'd like answers both from BrE and AmE speakers. Sorry for my short, abrupt question. ...
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When can the relative pronouns “who”, “which”, “that” etc. be safely omitted? [closed]

For example, instead of The guy who is beside me is a jerk I can say The guy beside me is a jerk. It is okay if I don't use the relative pronoun here, either way is correct. But instead ...
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Using `but` as a conditional limit on a clause. Also implied or omitted `if`

I wanted to communicate the following with someone: I would do this thing, if I could do it. However, always trying to be clever and using amusing, possibly archaic grammar I wanted to type: I ...
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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 ...
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Original form of this sentence : Our collection spans musical genres from rock and roll to opera, highlighting England's great artistic contributors

I think there is relative pronouns omitted in this sentence. "Our collection spans musical genres from rock and roll to opera, highlighting England's great artistic contributors." And What I want to ...
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the omission of so of so-that

In monarchical countries, the estates and the greatest portion of the wealth are left to the first son, that the vanity of the parent may be gratified by the thought that his name and title are ...
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How to chain noun state in sentences

I want to say that key is absent or the value of that key is empty (comes from code) What is a right way to write this message: No key found or it's empty. No key found or is empty.
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Can an objective relative pronoun replace a subjective relative pronoun?

I quite often find in New York Times that American writers often use an objective relative pronoun--or omitted it all together--where, I strongly believe, a subjective relative pronoun should be ...
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Omitting rule when I use the same verb [closed]

There are two sentences; The graph can not be decomposed into two cycles. The graph can be decomposed into two paths. When I combine them, which are correct? The graph can not be decomposed into ...
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Can we omit a duplicated preposition? [duplicate]

Is on needed a second time in this sentence? There is a bad effect either on human health or environment. There is a bad effect either on human health or on environment.
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Omitting the word “one”

Do these sentences mean the same? Is one preferable to the other? I think Ben is a robot. If he is, we should not talk to him anymore. I think Ben is a robot. If he is one, we should not talk to him ...
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Omitting the word “to”

Will omitting "to" change the meaning of these sentences? Luffy, name one mall you've been to. In the places you've been to, did you see any dragon balls?
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“And I you” with “you” as an indirect object

If someone says, "I want to sit with you," is the response, "And I you," acceptable? I believe a better choice would be, "And I with you," but is "with" strictly necessary or does it just add clarity? ...
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Interpreting of Omitted subject and verb [duplicate]

When you have a moment, could you please send over next Wednesday’s campaign info? Double-checking a couple details before it goes live to make sure the client is happy! The above sentences are ...
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Should I use “for” in this case? [closed]

Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong? a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one. b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.
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Omitting “will” from a sentence

I am writing an essay and I am not sure whether I should place "will" in this sentence or not. The experience I will gain living in Panama will assist me in understanding how Central Americans ...
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Omitting “is” in sentences (when occurring after “that”, “this”, and “it”)

I recently added some friends to Facebook that live in a small town in Texas. The reason I point this out is that I believe it might be a regional thing. Many people in that area omit the word "is" ...
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Annotating a quote to remove text?

In writing up an answer, I wrote: Furthermore we are cautioned that using shame punishment from a "retributive standpoint because the public can see punishment at work, it is nonproductive." Now, ...
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Is it possible to omit a relative pronoun as subject?

When Casals laid eyes on cello music he never knew existed.... I thought the verb 'existed' belongs to the antecedent, 'cello music', and 'he never knew' is just an embedded clause in the sentence. ...
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Has 'there' been omitted?

I want to explain my problem by the following sentence. Among those scientists recently exploring 'terra cognita' were psychologists from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In that ...
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Omitting “While + subject + verb to be”? [duplicate]

" I hurt my knee playing soccer " Is this sentence right? If yes, how come?
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Comma after introductory phrase in “As a B, I want A”? [duplicate]

Is this comma needed or allowed? As a citizen, I think that this problem undermines the right to privacy. Or should it be written this way instead: As a citizen I think that this problem undermines ...
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Using the singular form of the word “subject” in a sentence

I was told today that the following sentence was incorrect because the noun "subject" is countable and therefore should have been put in the plural. "I have to change subject every time." However, I ...
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Is answering “Hope you had a good time!” with “I did!” correct?

If someone says to me, "Hope you had a good time!" could I then answer "I did!" and it be grammatical? My first language is French, and I’m wondering if responding that way works in English.
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What is omitted in the following sentence? [closed]

So they had every reason to keep a good relationship and, both for that deal and in general, to just sort of keep a reputation for being honest and for dealing fairly with people." I had a difficulty ...