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    Default Necessity of subject after "but"

    Is the below sentence correct gramatically? (I mean from the aspect of formal English grammar)

    "Washington settled for a resolution that condemned the missile tests, but made no reference to Chapter 7."

    Should not there be the subject (they) after "but" in formal English?

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    Default Re: Necessity of subject after "but"

    "Washington settled for a resolution that condemned the missile tests, but made no reference to Chapter 7."

    => It reads that the missle test made no reference to Chapter 7.

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    Is the sentence below correct grammatically?

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    Default Re: Necessity of subject after "but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    the sentence below
    "above" can be a prenominal modifier but "below" can't?

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    Default Re: Necessity of subject after "but"

    Correct.

    Click here:Cambridge Grammar of English <page 24>

    Note that, you can say ‘the above statement’ but you can’t say ‘the below statement’.

    Why?

    Perhaps this has to do with what can be taken as already known to the reader. If, after a statement, you say: ‘The above statement’, the hearer/reader is aware of the statement. But with ‘the below statement’ there is no question of the hearer/reader already having knowledge of the statement. You will have to say:‘the statement below.’ That is, the above statement presupposes the reader’s knowledge of what is being referred to. If this is a property of the attributive use, you can’t have the below statement because there is no way the reader can have knowledge of what is yet to come.

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