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  1. whitemoon's Avatar
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    #1

    Are they the same?

    I have two kinds of sentences. They are "fragment sentence" and "elliptical sentence". Are they the same?

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    #2

    Re: Are they the same?

    I would say not. A fragment is bad; an ellipsis is good (generally speaking, of course).

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    #3

    Re: Are they the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    I would say not.
    Why "I would say not."? Why not "I would say no."?

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    #4

    Re: Are they the same?

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    I would say [that they are] not [the same].
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    Re: Are they the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
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    I would say [that they are] not [the same].
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    Thank you,Mister Micawber.
    I'd like to ask you. What is the difference between "I say." and "I would say."? Why didn't you use "I say not."?

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    #6

    Re: Are they the same?

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    The conditional is more polite. I would say not [if I were asked].
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