It is not uncommon to omit the verb "to be" in a sentence. It don't know a rule that covers this.
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I've been wondering if we ever omit verbs to be in English. In the song "The Rose", there is a line that goes "I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed". Shouldn't it be" you ARE it's only seed"?
I Googled many times and there seems to be no one finds it strange or wrong.
Perhaps it's like, "you" (indicating the person the word YOU refers to) "it's only seed"?
Or perhaps the word "ARE" could be omitted in cases like this? If it's true, could you please explain how and when we can omit them?
Thank you so much in advance. : )
It's not 'be' left out. It's 'say'.
I say love, it is a flower, and you say its only seed". No, it's not strange. 1) It's a song. 2) It's an ellipsis.
I don't agree with the way Ray parsed that. I have always understood it to be "I say that you are the only seed that can be the "flower" that is my love. I love only you."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Not to mention the entire metaphor fails cause roses don't grow from seeds.