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    Question Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    Dear All

    Before you paste any links to the previous threads, let me assure you that I really did try to look it up. All the informations I found dont really match.
    Here's the sentence that troubles me:

    "Good both at passing and shooting, always confident on the soccer field."

    Now, this is a 'sentence' from a little article. The context is obvious, we know who is it about and why we are talking about that very soccer player. As you can see there are some words missing, no subject nor verbs. Could it be consider an elliptical sentence? would it be grammatically correct then?

    Thank you so much
    SG

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    Please correct the information in your profile.

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    No, it's not a grammatically correct sentence, and it's not natural.
    But you'd have to read it in connection with the article in which it appears, and assess its acceptability on the basis of what the article is, where it appears, and other pragmatic factors.

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it's not a grammatically correct sentence, and it's not natural.
    But you'd have to read it in connection with the article in which it appears, and assess its acceptability on the basis of what the article is, where it appears, and other pragmatic factors.
    Thank you so much. I would have to read it in connection with the article in order to what? Would it make the sentence acceptable? Im wondering if one simply can write that way with no subject nor verb?

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Gray View Post
    Thank you so much. I would have to read it in connection with the article in order to what? Would it make the sentence acceptable? Im wondering if one simply can write that way with no subject nor verb?
    The verbless sentence probably makes sense in context, where it must follow other, complete sentences that list the player's attributes.

    Sentences like this are okay in the hands of a careful writer when used very sparsely.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    The term minor sentence is sometimes used for things that are meant to function as sentences but don't fit the bill grammatically.

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Gray View Post
    I would have to read it in connection with the article in order to what?
    In order to make the correct interpretation of the text.
    Note that you also have to read my above non-sentence in context to interpret it correctly.

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    Re: Elliptical sentences - possible without subjects and verbs?

    To repeat what Rover said in post #2, please correct the information in your profile, particularly the "Current Location" section.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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