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"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.