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    #1

    John likes apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges (verb ellipsis)

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    Can I omit repetitive verbs in sentences with more than two subjects? For example:

    John likes apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges.

    Can I omit a repetitive 'be'? For example:

    John's favourite fruits are apples, Bill's pears and Alice's oranges.
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    #2

    Re: John likes apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges (verb ellipsis)

    Yes, those are fine. The message does depend on the subtleties of how you pronounce the utterance, however.

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    #3

    Re: John likes apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges (verb ellipsis)

    John's favourite fruits are apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges.
    Can the apostrophe 's' after Bill and Alice be omitted?
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    #4

    Re: John likes apples, Bill pears and Alice oranges (verb ellipsis)

    No.

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