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    Default Please Reed-Kellogg.

    Would someone please Reed-Kellogg:

    As many as 100 people attended the party.

    I feel that there is ellipsis at work here, but I cannot put my finger on it.

    Hopefully, you can.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Please Reed-Kellogg.

    "As many as 100 (is many) people attended...

    "As...as" is, of course, a correlative conjunction.

    I can't diagram it here in school.

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    Default Re: Please Reed-Kellogg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "As many as 100 (is many) people attended...

    "As...as" is, of course, a correlative conjunction.

    I can't diagram it here in school.
    Thank you SO much!!!

    I shall be eagerly awaiting your diagram.

    Everyone else has simply dismissed the matter as a phrase. No one could explain the ellipsis.

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    Default Re: Please Reed-Kellogg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post

    Thank you SOOOOOO much for the diagram.

    Like you, I am a fan of House & Harman's fantastic book. So I knew there was ellipsis, but I didn't have the confidence to believe in myself.

    The books that mentioned this matter and a few knowledgeable persons with whom I corresponded all dismissed the possibility of ellipsis. It was just a phrase, I was told.

    What a shame that Reed-Kellogg is no longer taught and that most people ridicule it.

    It REALLY does help an ordinary person to better understand grammar.

    Thanks again.

    P. S. At least YOUR students will go out into the world with a stronger grasp of English grammar.

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    Default Re: Please Reed-Kellogg.

    Dear Parser,
    Your enthusiasm is interesting -- and timely.
    I may quote you in a short paper that I will be writing.
    That paper will be about the fact that I suspect that the teaching of foreign language here in the USA has suffered since traditional grammar has been all but abandoned in the teaching of English.
    As good a product as what Reed-Kellogg came up with can simply not be allowed to disappear.
    I can sympathize some with the British-oriented people using this forum because Reed-Kellogg is so foreign to them, but here in the USA it strikes me as a tragic mistake to not have students at some point go through the logical rigors of traditional grammar. There is a reason why "Grammar School" was called that.
    Frank

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