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    Default (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    In one of the recent post, bhaisahab wrote "Banned clone of banned user". I'd like to ask, would it be correct to use the indefinite article before the first and second "banned" in that phrase? Is this some kind of ellipsis?
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    Default Re: (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    Think of it as a headline.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Think of it as a headline.
    Why did emsr2d2 use the indefinite article here (http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/su...l-problem.html)? Bhai, in the same sense, did not use it. Could "a" be used before the first "clone" in the phrase?

    We seem to have a plethora of trolls at the moment and lots of posts which are being closed with the message "Clone of a banned user".
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    Default Re: (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Why did emsr2d2 use the indefinite article here (http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/su...l-problem.html)? Bhai, in the same sense, did not use it. Could "a" be used before the first "clone" in the phrase?
    We have a choice here, depending on the context. In normal writing, we use articles with '-/a/the clone of a/the banned user' as we do with other expressions such as '-/a/the representative of a/the recognised body' . When we are deleting a post or banning somebody, we often use headline-type language in the 'reason' box.

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    Default Re: (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    Another way to see an example is to look at what people type in the "Reason for editing" box when they edit a post. Let's say I missed out an apostrophe. Grammatically, the whole thing should read "The reason for editing is that I omitted an apostrophe". What it actually says is (in a box) "Reason for editing" and (in the answer box): "Missing apostrophe" or "Apostrophe missing".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: (a) banned clone of (a) banned user

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Another way to see an example is to look at what people type in the "Reason for editing" box when they edit a post. Let's say I missed out an apostrophe. Grammatically, the whole thing should read "The reason for editing is that I omitted an apostrophe". What it actually says is (in a box) "Reason for editing" and (in the answer box): "Missing apostrophe" or "Apostrophe missing".
    Or, in my case, the catch-all 'typo'.

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