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    Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    There is a severe shortage of mathematics teachers in Britain and America. As a consequence of this, far too many people leave school without any interest in pursuing the study of subjects like engineering that rely on mathematical concepts. Two solutions are available. Firstly, it should be a priority to train more teachers. Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be made competitive with other jobs in order to attract people to the profession.

    I've been looking and I've got really stuck. I don't mean the ellipsis as in the '...' and its just got me so confused.

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by sophiehhrr View Post
    There is a severe shortage of mathematics teachers in Britain and America. As a consequence of this, far too many people leave school without any interest in pursuing the study of subjects like engineering that rely on mathematical concepts. Two solutions are available. Firstly, it should be a priority to train more teachers. Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be made competitive with other jobs in order to attract people to the profession.

    I've been looking and I've got really stuck. I don't mean the ellipsis as in the '...' and its just got me so confused.
    There's an ellipsis in the following sentence:
    Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be made competitive with other jobs.

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's an ellipsis in the following sentence:
    Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be made competitive with other jobs.
    Could you please tell me where? I can't see what's missing

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    Could you please tell me where? I can't see what's missing
    Let's give sophie a chance to find it. Otherwise, I'll tell all tomorrow.

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Let's give sophie a chance to find it. Otherwise, I'll tell all tomorrow.
    Then I'll look forward to the answer too! Either the definition that I know of an ellipsis has changed or I'm missing something, because I certainly can't see one written in that sentence! I can see where words could be inserted and it's not a grammatically perfect sentence, but...!!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Apr-2010 at 18:10.

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    I've just thought about something!...I'll wait until the answer comes to see if I'm right. I'm very interested!

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's an ellipsis in the following sentence:
    Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be made competitive with other jobs.
    What's exactly an ellipsis?
    Is it to find something missing?
    Maybe ...

    ... should be made competitive with the corresponding salaries of other jobs?

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    I have found some interesting stuff here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsis_(linguistics)

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    I've just thought about something!...I'll wait until the answer comes to see if I'm right. I'm very interested!
    What have you found MASM? I am curious too.

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    I'm waiting for the original poster to answer as Raymott indicated , but I'm curious about it too!

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    Re: Is there ellipsis in this sentence?

    Hmm, it seems ellipsis is a "figure of speech", and there are many many others!
    Take a look for instance at Figure of speech - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for an enormous list.

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