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    #1

    when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Hi,

    " I did what they didn't."
    "I did what they didn't do."

    "I said what they couldn't say."
    "I said what they couldn't."

    "I told them what they couldn't tell them."
    "I told them what they couldn't."

    Is it more natural or do people tend to ommit "do" and "say" in the situations above?
    Or when is the right time to ommit the verbs?

    Thanks!

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    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Please help!

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    #3

    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    They are all natural and common.

    Note the correct spelling of 'omit'.

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    #4

    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Please don't chase us for answers after only three hours. Be more patient.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    " I did what they didn't."
    "I did what they didn't do."

    "I said what they couldn't say."
    "I said what they couldn't."

    "I told them what they couldn't tell them."
    "I told them what they couldn't."

    Is it more natural or do people tend to ommit "do" and "say" in the situations above?
    Or when is the right time to ommit the verbs?

    Thanks!
    The sixth sentence doesn't work for me. That is probably because of the "them" and the "they". The fifth is marginal for the same reason.

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    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The sixth sentence doesn't work for me. That is probably because of the "them" and the "they". The fifth is marginal for the same reason.
    So how would you suggest me to correct it? Maybe "I told him what they couldn't"?

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    Re: when do we ommit "do" and "say"?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    So how would you suggest me to correct it? Maybe "I told him what they couldn't"?
    That works much better.

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