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    #1

    omitting the auxiliary

    Observe the sentence below:

    "Treat your dog as you would a small child."
    (All about Training the Family Dog by John Cree)

    I guess the complete sentence should read "Treat your dog as you would treat a small child."
    Is such "would" omitting grammatically correct ?
    Is it common?
    Is it used in spoken English as well as in written English?

    P.S.: Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.

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    Re: omitting the auxiliary

    Yes, English has a particular logic of repetition: if you use a verb, you can omit it in the second clause if it is the same, and if it is glaringly obvious that it has been omitted. Then, we "copy" the verb from the first to the second. E.g. "I love you." "And I you."

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    Re: omitting the auxiliary

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Observe the sentence below:

    "Treat your dog as you would a small child."
    (All about Training the Family Dog by John Cree)

    I guess the complete sentence should read "Treat your dog as you would treat a small child."
    Is such "would" omitting grammatically correct ? "would" was not omitted. The verb "treat" was omitted.
    Is it common?
    Is it used in spoken English as well as in written English?

    P.S.: Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.
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    Re: omitting the auxiliary

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "would" was not omitted. The verb "treat" was omitted
    Ok, that is what I meant. I am sorry.
    The title of this thread should read "Omitting the main verb".
    I still have some doubts about this subject. It is not all clear to me.
    Is such omission common in spoken as well as in written English?

    Regarding the example by konungursvia:
    "
    - I love you.
    - And I you.
    "
    I think here it is something a bit different, because we have two sentences, with a period between them. In the original example we had two clauses in the same sentence.

    I understand this last example is used in colloquial English but I ask: Is it really grammatically correct?

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    Re: omitting the auxiliary

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Ok, that is what I meant. I am sorry.
    The title of this thread should read "Omitting the main verb".
    I still have some doubts about this subject. It is not all clear to me.
    Is such omission common in spoken as well as in written English?

    Regarding the example by konungursvia:
    "
    - I love you.
    - And I you.
    "
    I think here it is something a bit different, because we have two sentences, with a period between them. In the original example we had two clauses in the same sentence.

    I understand this last example is used in colloquial English but I ask: Is it really grammatically correct?
    It is correct, though it is seldom seen in AmE. The British have a more advanced sense of linguistic flexibility and playfulness, and though this is not quite playful, it's well within the norms of BrE flexibility: if a verb is completely missing, the previous verb is assumed.

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