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    Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind

    In "Shawshank Redemption" warden Samuel Norton discovers that Andy has escaped from prison. Then he makes this comment: "Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind."

    Shouldn't this actually be 'The man up and vanished...'?

    Why is there no article before "man"?

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    Re: Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by Madness1 View Post
    In "The Shawshank Redemption" warden Samuel Norton discovers that Andy has escaped from prison. Then he makes this comment: "Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind."

    Shouldn't this actually be 'The man up and vanished...'? Yes.

    Why is there no article before "man"?
    Omitting words is common in casual, informal conversation.

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    Re: Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind

    I do know that omitting words happens quite a lot, but I can't say I have ever heard anyone omit articles, save for a few widely recognised exceptions.
    If I had read this sentence not knowing where it originally came from I would assume it was uttered by a non-native who forgot the article rather than assuming that it was dropped on purpose.

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    Re: Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind

    It's not very common to omit articles like that, which I suppose explains why it seems so odd to you. In fact, I'd say it's common only to a few dialects.

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