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    Default Ellipsis

    Context:
    But in the past month, Kerry's personal image has deteriorated, with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as favorably.

    I think "with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as favorably" means "with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as the voters viewing him favorably

    In syntactical construction, "the voters viewing him" is necessary, but not necessary in understanding, so it is omitted.

    Right?

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    Default Re: Ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    Context:
    But in the past month, Kerry's personal image has deteriorated, with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as favorably.

    I think "with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as favorably" means "with almost as many voters viewing him unfavorably as the voters viewing him favorably

    In syntactical construction, "the voters viewing him" is necessary, but not necessary in understanding, so it is omitted.

    Right?
    That's correct. It's redundant.

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