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    elliptical structure

    Dear teachers,
    Please read the following sentence:
    A product of the open-source software movement, wikis have been around in one form or another for about a decade.

    My question is: Is the underlined part an elliptical structure of : As a product of the open-source software movement?

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    Re: elliptical structure

    No, the original sentence is OK.

    "A carnivore, the tiger eats only meat." Correct
    "As a carnivore, the tiger eats only meat." Correct

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    Re: elliptical structure

    Dear Raymott,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Could you please kindly explain the function of the underlined part?

    A product of the open-source software movement, wikis have been around in one form or another for about a decade.
    Jiang

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    Re: elliptical structure

    It explains that wikis are a product of the open-source software movement.

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    Re: elliptical structure

    Please omit 'kindly' below, which is redundant.
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    please kindly explain the function of the underlined part?
    It looks like an appositive to me.

    Wikis, a product of the open-source software movement, have been around in one form or another for about a decade.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: elliptical structure

    Dear Matthew:
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    There is one thing that I don't understand:
    Wikis is plaural form while a product is in singular form. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
    Jiang

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    Re: elliptical structure

    Sure it is correct. The verb has been omitted, so you can take your pick. As a native speaker I would always choose "are" but if your instinct is to choose "is" it will not hinder you in the slightest from understanding the sentence.

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    Re: elliptical structure

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Wikis is plural plaural form while a product is in singular form. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
    Jiang
    A singular item can produce a plural product: My old hen lays four eggs a week. The four eggs are a product of my hen.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: elliptical structure

    We are a team.
    I am not a teacher.

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