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    When/how to Remove Unnecessary Parts in a Sentence?

    Hello there,

    I just wonder when/how to take away unnecessary parts in a sentence. Let's bring up a few couple of examples:
    I. An egg mixture which is cooked until they are just set. (src: Omelet, WordNet 2.0)
    II. Though aged she is, she still runs her small store.

    Would someone please explain such rules grammatically because I still do removals intuitively!

    Thanks in advance,

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    I've a tiny clue that you're allowed to delete when dealing with "To Be" verbs.

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    Re: When/how to Remove Unnecessary Parts in a Sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by shahin_67 View Post
    Hello there,

    I just wonder when/how to take away unnecessary parts in a sentence. Let's bring up a few couple of examples:
    I. An egg mixture which is cooked until they are just set. (src: Omelet, WordNet 2.0)
    II. Though aged she is, she still runs her small store.

    Would someone please explain such rules grammatically because I still do removals intuitively!
    It's hard to know where to begin, as your original sentences are not natural to start with. #1 is not a complete sentence, and the pronoun 'they' should be 'it'. The 'she is' should never have been in #2, and we tend to use 'elderly' rather than 'aged' in most situations.

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    Re: When/how to Remove Unnecessary Parts in a Sentence?

    As 5jj said, it's hard to say how to remove words from already incorrect sentences. With your second example, if the word order were changed, it would have been possible to have "she is" in it.

    Elderly though she is, she still runs a small shop.

    With that sentence, there are no words which could be omitted and still leave a meaningful sentence. You could omit "still" but it loses meaning.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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