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    elipsis

    Are these sentences both correct:

    1-We have always thrown a party on his birthday, except for two years ago, and that was because he was away on a business trip.

    2-We have always thrown a party on his birthday, except for two years ago, because he was away on a business trip.


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    Re: elipsis

    First, elipsis is ellipsis. Second, where is one example of ellipsis?

    1 -We have always thrown a party on his birthday, except for two years ago, and that was because he was away on a business trip.
    What is the referent of that? The fact that we have always..? Or the exception? Your sentence is ambigious to me.

    We have always thrown a party on his birthday except for two years ago when he was away on a business trip.

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    2-We have always thrown a party on his birthday, except for two years ago, because he was away on a business trip.
    No good.
    Again, what does 'because' relate to? What does it explain?

    My reading of your second sentence is this:
    We have always thrown a party on his birthday because he was away on a business trip, (except for two years ago.) -- Highly unlikely.

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