"As small" is short for "as small as this one".
Your second sentence is fine. No preposition is needed.
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'There are few towns as small.'
The sentence is short but I'm not sure what this means because of the part 'as small'.
How can I understand the part 'as small'?
Is this sentence containing some omitted words?
I'm sorry I have one more question. :)
'Silver Spring is a small mining town south of Bell Mountain.'
I ran into this sentence from a grammar book I'm studying.
Between 'town' and 'south', I wonder a preposition word is not needed?
Is this sentence Ok as it is?
Thank you for reading my questions.
Now I understood quite well.
Thank you MikeNewYork.
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I just wanted to congratulate you on your "gut feeling" that something was missing.
If I understand my books correctly, the answer is YES.
As you have already been told, the missing words are not necessary.
But if you were diagramming that sentence (a practice that few students do nowadays), you would have to fill in the ellipsis (the missing words).
Here is a possible "complete" sentence:
"Silver Spring is a small mining town that/which is south of Bell Mountain."
I found a quotation in Google "books" that may interest you.
"At this period of the war the British forces had overrun ... every part of the Transvaal which is south of the Mafeking-Pretoria-Komati line."
That was written by Arthur Conan Doyle in a book published in 1900. Mr. Doyle, as you know, is the author of the famous Sherlock Holmes books.
Thank you for letting me know another possible sentence.
Thank you for the explanation.
I didn't ask again but I couldn't be sure 100% about what ellipsis possibly be there.
Last edited by Chul; 20-Oct-2015 at 10:31.