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What is an elliptical construction?



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

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

  • Fire when ready.
  • Generic
      An elliptical construction is a kind of

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 65


    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 900, 904, 910


    Crystal 1985 107–108

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