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    appositive or ellipsis

    "Hassan speaks Cantonese, not Mandarin."

    I don't know how "not Mandarin." is working here.

    Is it a parenthetical element? I think ellipsis occurs after comma, but I am not sure. Are there any ellipsis? If no ellipsis occurs here, please tell me how to understand where ellipsis occurs.

    I think that this types of words can work for different purpose, depending upon different factors. But I am not sure. If my this statement is true, kindly explain different situations.

    Thanks to all.

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    Re: appositive or ellipsis

    There is no ellipsis. The phrase "not Mandarin" is used for contrast.

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