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    Default The beaches perfect

    Sure, the weather was great and the beaches perfect.

    Why is it the beaches perfect not the beaches were perfect?
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    Default Re: The beaches perfect

    The "were" is understood in this sentence. It would be repetitive, though not wrong, to repeat the past-tense "be" verb.

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    Default Re: The beaches perfect

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    As Soothing Dave told us, native speakers often leave out words -- sometimes for the rhythm of the sentence.

    My bad example: The soup was delicious and the steaks out-of-this-world. ( If I had written "were," it might have in

    some subtle way taken away the power of "out-of-this-world.")

    Another of my bad examples: Igor visited two countries. He said that the United States was wonderful and Brazil absolutely

    awesome!

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    Default Re: The beaches perfect

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I'm sure this has been covered before, but I think another similar usage would be:

    The beaches perfect, we decided to lie out in the sun all day.

    I think here, as well, the verb to be has been assumed:

    The beaches being perfect, we decided to lie out in the sun all day.
    Last edited by BobSmith; 13-Mar-2012 at 11:16. Reason: lay to lie. Thx to TheParser

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