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Elliptical Construction

Elliptical Construction

An elliptical construction is a construction that lacks an element that is recoverable or inferable from the context.

(English)

  • In the following construction, you are is understood, as in Fire when you are ready.
    • Fire when ready.

Page/s: 900, 904, 910
Source: Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985

Quirk, Randolph, S. Greenbaum, G. Leech, and J. Svartvik. 1985.A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman.

Page/s: 65
Source: Pei and Gaynor 1954

Pei, Mario A., and Frank Gaynor. 1954.A dictionary of linguistics. New York: Philosophical Library.

Page/s: 107–108
Source: Crystal 1985

Crystal, David. 1985.A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 2nd edition. New York: Basil Blackwell.

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