Questions tagged [omissibility]

For questions about leaving out words or punctuation marks and how such omissions affect the meaning of clauses or sentences.

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Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses?

He will understand that I was not joking. He will understand I was not joking. Which of the sentences is correct? Are there any specific rules about the use of "that" in the sentences I reported ...
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Omitting “there” in a sentence

Can I omit there in the following question: How much juice is there in the bottle? When is it possible to omit there in a sentence? Any references to grammar sources are welcome and expected.
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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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Can “who” as a relative pronoun sometimes be omitted?

Somebody once observed two things: people often omit the relative pronoun "who" or "whom" to avoid having to worry about which is grammatically correct however, in all cases where it can be omitted, ...
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“that” omission, subject-verb distance [duplicate]

when can we remove 'that'? I've heard different opinions I bought the book that is required for this course I bought the book required for this course I recommend that you take my advice I recommend ...
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What allows the omission of subject relative pronouns?

“There’s some men wouldn’t look at a girl with a baby.” (Ken Follett, Fall of Giants) There is a young student comes here some evenings. (James Joyce, Dubliners) “That’s a smell could ...
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Omissions of “that” in a relative clause [duplicate]

I am not clear on when the word "that" can be omitted in a relative clause. I only know that when the modified noun is the object in the clause, the antecedent "that" can be omitted. Are there any ...
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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 doubt: 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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Pesky 'that' removal - what is this construction generally known as?

Recently seen: There is an expression I think comes from ... Others have told me (that) such a construction is wrong, but I am sure (that) it is OK. An editor decided it was grammatically wrong ...
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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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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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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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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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I think/know vs. I think/know that [duplicate]

I wonder when verbs like think or know are followed by that; I encountered both forms, is there a difference? For example, I know that he did it. // I know he did it. Are the two sentences both ...
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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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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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Is the sentence “Format complete” wrong?

As a Windows user, I see a message box with the message: "Format complete!" when I have finished to format a drive. According to the dictionary, complete is a verb or a adjective. If it is a verb, ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Use of the phrase “it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

On another stackexchange site, I used the following phrasing: I want to do X. It seems I can only do so when Y. Someone edited the second sentence: It seems that I can only do so when Y. This ...
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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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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 “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 whose in relative clauses [closed]

I know object defining relative pronouns can be omitted. But I cannot figure out whether whose is object or subject of the sentences.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top the corresponding speed changes

Are the verb and noun omissions in the following sentence correct? (The words enclosed in parentheses are the omitted ones.) The bottom graph shows the acceleration profiles, while the top (graph) (...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Missing that - usage [duplicate]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/separatists-seize-control-tv-hq-east-ukraine-city-140235399.html Pro-Russian separatists, some of them armed, have seized about a dozen official buildings in eastern ...
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New to English Grammar: Why is this sentence correct. Anyone please explain [migrated]

Incorrect Form: Joan walks slowly so that her children can keep up with her. Corrected Form: Joan walks slowly so her children can keep up with her. To me this sentence seems to be correct but the ...
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how to understand this sentence “unbelievably slow in appreciating their good fortune in ruling the country…”?

Here are two consecutive paragraphs from The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg: The extensive range of what I would call “almost synonyms” became one of the glories of the English language, ...
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Do I have to use “that” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Do i need to use the "that" between brackets in this sentence or can I simply leave it out? "I was happy to read [THAT] there will be a variety of projects to work on in different industries" Thank ...
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Is 'alternative mobilities' a correct way to refer to car/bike sharing?

Instead of alternative mobility services (referring to car-sharing, bike-sharing and others) does alternative mobilities make sense? What can be a synonym of service or an alternative way of saying?