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    Reduction/Omission?

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    A man (who is) capable of lifting three people can certainly lift the bricks.


    The man, (who was) angry and bitter, continued to take a jab at the tree.


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    What do we call this omission in terms of grammar? And why are they being omitted?

    ESL students are usually taught not to use an adjective right after a noun (ex. "A man angry took a jab at the tree" would be wrong.).


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Reduction/Omission?

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    A man (who is) capable of lifting three people can certainly lift the bricks.
    The man, (who was) angry and bitter, continued to take a jab at the tree.
    \if tou omit the bracketed words, you have reduced relative caluses
    ESL students are usually taught not to use an adjective right after a noun (ex. "A man angry took a jab at the tree" would be wrong.). .
    The man, angry, took a jab at the tree is OK, as is:
    A man angry with the world may take a jab at a tree.

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