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Why can you omit "is" at the end of "no matter how foul their mood"?

Short answer (tl;dr) This is a verbless Predicate-Subject construction (yes, Predicate first and Subject last). It is allowed here because it is functioning as the subordinate clause in an exhaustive ...
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after movement have ceased (Steinbeck)

It doesn't need to be subjunctive; it's a plural verb because it's a plural subject: movement in time and space can be taken as a shortened form of movement in time and movement in space with the ...
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Is this awkward reuse of a verb between subjects correct?

The only problem with Patients tended to perform for the camera and doctors [tended] to record the most photogenic [patients]. is that it lacks a “comma of clarity” as shown in Alice cooked the ...
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after movement have ceased (Steinbeck)

I don't think that Steinbeck is using the subjunctive mood here. In current English, that mood doesn't normally appear after the subordinator "after". (Your second and third examples, which ...
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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. This is called a 'gapped coordination construction', i.e. one where the middle part of a non-initial coordinate can be ...
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after movement have ceased (Steinbeck)

psmears’s answer gives the somewhat plausible suggestion that movement in time and space can be read as an ellipsis for movement in time and movement in space, giving have a plural subject. But it ...
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How common is ellipting '(that/which has) to do'?

It's difficult to rule out a plethora of false positives in a Google ngram analysis. A raw Google search for "Book to do with" - "book having to do with" (note that this is an ...
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Is this awkward reuse of a verb between subjects correct?

There's nothing incorrect about the sentence; to me it sounds at most mildly awkward. Indeed, in their discussion of gapping, Huddleston & Pullum (2002) give this example (p. 1338): Kim was ...
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SVO,SVO: omit repeated V

Alice eats Apples, Bob ___ Oranges. This is called gapping: a type of coordination construction where the middle part of a non-initial coordinate can be omitted if it is recoverable from the ...
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Are there any rules regarding position of elided Verb Phrase--before or after the Subject-- in Verb Phrase ellipsis?

This is a special kind of inversion found in comparative clauses; it can be obligatory, optional, or forbidden, depending on the content of the clause. In your specific case, both "than do adults&...
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"X not Y" structures

The tree fell on my brother's car, not my father's car. I ordered steak, not lobster. The negative elements are not appositives. An appositive NP can stand alone in place of the whole NP while ...
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"X not Y" structures

These constructions are not appositives, and a comment (user Billj's) makes that clear. This type of grammar is of two sorts, both having to do with the omission of text; the first is termed semantic ...
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Using brackets / ellipsis in quotes; also, citing poems?

We do not normally put brackets around ellipses. We do not normally break an ellipsis into 2 to put other punctuation. Just leave out the punctuation just like you leave out the text. We do not ...
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...can you say that you won’t and haven’t sold Pegasus to [ellipsis]

The usual sequence is have not and will not [infinitive verb], rather than won't and haven't [past tense verb]. It's not usually contracted either, since this construction is usually used emphatically,...
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...can you say that you won’t and haven’t sold Pegasus to [ellipsis]

No. A deletion must involve a word that appears elsewhere in the same form. They didn't sell and won't sell Pegasus to a country that is known to violate human rights -→ They didn't and won't sell ...
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An annoyingly technical question about right nonce-constituent coordination in Huddleston & Pullum (2002)

This is best described an example of a complex case of gapped coordination, which is outlined on p1338-1339. You can rely on no friend too much or ___ enemy too little. As noted on p1340, gapped ...
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Ellipsis of "be" before the passive form of verbs

This is fairly simple. The example you cite, "the truth revealed at the Incarnation," is not intended to be a complete sentence; it wouldn't be grammatically correct for the reasons you ...
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What is it called when a sentence is continued after an ellipsis?

It's simply a pause in the flow of the sentence, it does not mark the omission of certain words. YourDictionary explains: In fiction, an ellipsis can demonstrate a pause in dialogue or a character &...
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