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    Ellipsis

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    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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    Re: Ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
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    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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