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    #1

    ellipsis

    Can one say:

    a. There are a few things left for us to finish the project.
    instead of:
    b. There are a few things left for us to do to finish the project.


    Can one say:

    c. There are a few miles left for us to get there.
    instead of:
    d. There are a few miles left for us to go to get there.
    Last edited by azz; 03-May-2010 at 12:15. Reason: a word was missing in the examples

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    #2

    Re: ellipsis

    Yes, but it would sound more natural if you drop for us

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    #3

    Re: ellipsis

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    b. "to do" is redundant.
    d. You go from A to B, but you get B, so drop "to go".

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    Re: ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    b. "to do" is redundant.
    d. You go from A to B, but you get B, so drop "to go".
    This is what he says, read more carefully

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    #5

    Re: ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    This is what he says, read more carefully
    I re-read it, and my answer stands.

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    #6

    Re: ellipsis

    He asked if he could say

    1.
    a. There are a few things left for us to finish the project.
    which means he dropped to do

    2.
    c. There are a few miles left for us to get there.
    which means he dropped to go

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    #7

    Re: ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Can one say:

    a. There are a few things left for us to finish the project.
    instead of:
    b. There are a few things left for us to do to finish the project.


    Can one say:

    c. There are a few miles left for us to get there.
    instead of:
    d. There are a few miles left for us to go to get there.
    I think the second version of each sounds better. You can ellipse out the suggested words, but they are not redundant.
    Consider this:
    There are still a few things to finish my homework.
    This is essentially the same construction. It sounds incomplete without "to do".

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