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# Grammar - ellipsis

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CEO
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07 Jul 2007, 16:42
She is eating ice cream and is enjoying the snow.

Can we drop the second is?
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07 Jul 2007, 16:58
bmwhype2 wrote:
She is eating ice cream and is enjoying the snow.

Can we drop the second is?

IMO, yes.

AND is compounding main verbs (eating, enjoying) +objects (ice cream, the snow)

Subject+auxilary verb is the same for both parts of the sentence, so you can omit is
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11 Jul 2007, 10:38
botirvoy wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
She is eating ice cream and is enjoying the snow.

Can we drop the second is?

IMO, yes.

AND is compounding main verbs (eating, enjoying) +objects (ice cream, the snow)

Subject+auxilary verb is the same for both parts of the sentence, so you can omit is

thanks

Aviation officials have
not only
1- failed to determine the cause of the crash
but also
2- ignored demands by the pilots union that the investigation be expedited

As you can see, "have" applies to both participial phrases and does not need to be repeated.
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11 Jul 2007, 12:45
sorry bmwhype2, but this correlative conjunction structure is different, see below.

bmwhype2 wrote:
Aviation officials have
not only
1- failed to determine the cause of the crash
but also
2- ignored demands by the pilots union that the investigation be expedited

As you can see, "have" applies to both participial phrases and does not need to be repeated. ---"have" can not be repeated in order to maintain parallelism in the ...not only ..., but also... structure.
Re: Grammar - ellipsis   [#permalink] 11 Jul 2007, 12:45
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