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    Default Teacher is 5jj .

    Can we say like this :
    Teacher is 5jj who has helped a lot of students.
    Because I came across the one: "Cantankerous chap Roger always was."
    Is the conclusion right? When a noun is put at the beginning of a sentence as a complement of the subject ,the indefinite article before it can be deleted.
    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Teacher is 5jj .

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Can we say like this :
    Teacher is 5jj who has helped a lot of students.
    No.

    You may hear:
    "Helped a lot of students, did X / X did"
    "Boring teacher was X /X was."
    I don't recommend that you use this informal conversational type of utterance.

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    Default Re: Teacher is 5jj .

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No.

    You may hear:
    "Helped a lot of students, did X / X did"
    "Boring teacher was X /X was."
    I don't recommend that you use this informal conversational type of utterance.
    You are supposed to mean:
    1.Helped a lot of students,did X.
    2.Helpled a lot of students, X did.
    3.Boring teacher was X.
    4.Boring teacher X was.
    In my eyes, #3 =(good) teacher is 5jj (who has helped a lot of students.)and from 3#and 4# comes the conclusion when an adjective plus a noun used as the complement if the subject and in the beginning of a sentence ,its indefinite article before the adjective can be deleted.
    Is that true?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Teacher is 5jj .

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No.

    You may hear:
    "Helped a lot of students, did X / X did"
    "Boring teacher was X /X was."
    I don't recommend that you use this informal conversational type of utterance.
    Dare I ask whether you slipped in giving the sentence "Helped a lot of students, did X/x did."?
    I beg your pardon!
    Thanks!
    Last edited by notletrest; 05-Feb-2013 at 09:09. Reason: correction

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    Default Re: Teacher is 5jj .

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Dare I ask whether you slipped in giving the sentence "Helped a lot of students, did X/xX did."?
    You may. I didn't

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