Ellipsis

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Ellipsis often takes place in speech when we leave out words to avoid repetition or when the meaning is clear without them.

  • "How are you?" – "(I’m) Fine, thanks."
  • "What’s your name?" – "(My name is) John."

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  • We often use ellipsis when replying to questions, as in the following examples:
'Who did you go with?' 'Sally' (It would seem unnatural to answer 'I went with Sally')
'When's the next meeting?' 'Monday' (Instead of: 'The next meeting is on Monday')
  • We can also use ellipsis when asking questions in informal speech:
'Ready?' (Instead of 'Are you ready?')
'Tired?'
'Want help?' (Instead of 'Do you want help?')
'Finished?' (Instead of 'Have you finished?')
The Kids are upstairs.
The Dinner's ready!
This is Delicious!
Men only have two faults: everything [that] they say and everything [that] they do, i.e. when it is the object in the clause.


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