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Hi guys, i'm doing English Language.
Been doing a practice paper and basically one of the texts is a commentary of the wedding of William and Kate. The commentator says about some of the more prominent guests arriving, e.g. 'I'm told that the Beckhams have just arrived'. Would 'the Beckhams' be an example of ellipsis since he is omitting their full names on assumption that the audience understands what he means? The commentator is usually a radio DJ on BBC Radio 1.
*Think I have got the term wrong, I mean elliptical language.
It is common to refer to a family just using the family name.