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    Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain,
    The first sentense in the preface:
    MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine.
    The question: where is a verb in the part "the rest ..."?

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    #2

    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    The 'were' of one or two were experiences of my own is understood as applying to the following clause.

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    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    But if Mark Twain would write

    MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the one that of boy who was schoolmate of mine.
    Would it be correct?

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    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by romVsen View Post
    But if Mark Twain would write


    Would it be correct?
    That does not work for me.

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    #5

    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    And it changes the meaning- they happened to various schoolmates.

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    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    Well, let me define my second question in more clear way.

    In my example we see compound sentence. The first clause is
    one or two were experiences of my own,
    the second clause is
    the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine.
    In both clauses objects are plural. So, I understand that we can omit the verb in the second clause.

    But if an object in the second clause would be in singular (and an object in the first clause would be still in plural)?
    Can we omit the verb in the second clause in this case?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by romVsen; 01-Nov-2013 at 16:04.

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    Re: Mark Twain, where is a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by romVsen View Post
    Well, let me define my second question in more clear way.

    In my example we see compound sentence. The first clause is


    the second clause is


    In both clauses objects are plural. So, I understand that we can omit the verb in the second clause.

    But if an object in the second clause would be in singular (and an object in the first clause would be still in plural)?
    Can we omit the verb in the second clause in this case?

    Thank you!
    In your revision, there is no way to understand what "the one" refers to. If you change "the" to "and", it will be much better.

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