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    #1

    Shortcuts in speaking.

    Helo teacher,
    I see,people omit part of sentence while speaking in some cases.I also try to use like this.But i cant be sure whether i am correct or not.Here i am giving some examples.

    1.Did you have your dinner?or(You had your dinner?)
    Instead of this :Had your dinner?

    2.I am going for the party tonight?
    Instead of this :Going for the party tonight.

    3.What did you do today?
    Ans:-I went to church.

    Instead of this Went to church.

    4.We will go and see.
    Instead of this :We go and see.

    5.In this situation what will we do?
    Instead of this :In this situation what we do?

    Generally I think the subject+helping verb is omited .Can you please tell me how to use such type of things.Please give me such examples of all possible cases.
    Last edited by debasis1983; 26-Jan-2009 at 21:46.

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    #2

    re: Shortcuts in speaking.

    The sentences in red are fine. All the others are very poor english, please don't try to speak like that.

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    #3

    re: Shortcuts in speaking.

    Two very different styles omit words.

    (1) The "telegraphic style", once seen in expensive telegrams paid for by the word.

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    (2) Proseopesis, or the clipped conversational shorthand you describe: remnants of infant speech surviving in adulthood. Be very careful if you want to integrate it into your speech, use it very sparingly, informally with close friends and in no other circumstances, and never in writing!! If misused, it is a sure sign of extreme illiteracy or, worse, of a foreigner who barely speaks English.

    The whole subject is under considerable academic investigation.

    You've already identified some of the common ellipses. Don't make up your own under any circumstances:

    [Have you] done something?
    [Are you] going.... ?
    [I] did something. <-- Fairly common in diaries, but not in conversation.

    [Has] he done something?*
    [Have] they done something?*

    Note the omissions are very specific to the person (first, second, third), and are very different for questions and assertions. The *starred ones are particulary illiterate.
    Last edited by abaka; 26-Jan-2009 at 23:46. Reason: typos...

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    #4

    re: Shortcuts in speaking.

    Thank you so much for your explanation.

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    #5

    Re: Shortcuts in speaking.

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    1.Did you have your dinner?or(You had your dinner?)
    Instead of this :Had your dinner?
    Possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    2.I am going for the party tonight?
    Instead of this :Going for the party tonight.
    No. Say:
    I am going to the party tonight.
    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    3.What did you do today?
    Ans:-I went to church.

    Instead of this Went to church.
    Possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    4.We will go and see.
    Instead of this :We go and see.
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post

    5.In this situation what will we do?
    Instead of this :In this situation what we do?
    No.

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