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    Dear Mr./Ms,

    I've excerpted these 2 sentences from a book I bought.

    1.They send out a life line for students who are faced with the daunting task of demonstrating their English language skills.



    2.(from Another paragraph)

    They offer invaluable assistance to students faced with the challenges of standardized English language tests.


    I understand the meanings of both sentences, but I don’t get the sentence structure why the second sentence doesn’t include the words” who are.”

    Or does it just omit“who are” ?

    If so, can the first sentence delete “who are,” too?

    Please help solve my questions. Thanks!

    Sara

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    Hello Sara,

    "who are" could be omited in both sentences. It is not necessary
    But I would use a comma after "students".

    Best regards,
    Dany
    Last edited by Dany; 05-May-2005 at 21:17.

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    Hi Dany,

    Would you like to tell me why you would append a comma to 'students'?
    Hopefully I don't sound too offensive asking in this manner; I haven't mastered English enough to use sentences in the manner I'd like to.

    What difference would it make to the meaning of the sentence with or without comma? I just think the sentence works without it, but then English is my second language and my grammar has some horrible glitches so I may be wrong.

    My sincere apology if you felt disrespected in any way.

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    HaraKiriBlade
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    Hello HaraKiriBlade,

    Sorry, but I can't explain it to you. It's just on a gut level of me, as English is also my second language.

    I mean, that it could also work without comma.

    Best regards,
    Dany

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    Default Re: omit?

    Yes, you can delete the words in your example.

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    i guess you can't omit an important" who are" according to the complexity of the sentence....
    Besides, authors sometimes omit words avoiding repetitions .

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    The omission is fairly common as the words are easily understood by the reader or listener. Reduced relative clauses often make sentences clearer because they are more concise.

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