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    Omitting the verb TO BE.

    I got this sentence from a text. I wonder whether there should be "was" right after "them". I would appreciate it, if you would help me. Thanks in advance.

    During the Golden Age of Athens, new forms of art and literature were being developed, one of them tragedy.

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    Re: Omitting the verb TO BE.

    Hello eddkzk,

    This is an example of ellipsis:

    During the Golden Age of Athens, new forms of art and literature were being developed, one of them (was) tragedy.

    'was' isn't needed.


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    Post Re: Omitting the verb TO BE.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddkzk View Post
    I got this sentence from a text. I wonder whether there should be "was" right after "them". I would appreciate it, if you would help me. Thanks in advance.

    During the Golden Age of Athens, new forms of art and literature were being developed, one of them tragedy.
    It's an ellipsis. You use it when the context is so clear that you need not add it to the sentence for another person to understand it (in this case you knew it was 'was' the verb missing, because it is so obvious that it is avoided so as not to sound 'redundant'). In other cases it is used to avoid repetition, eg:
    Tom was at the party and Mary at her mother's (instead of 'Tom was at the party and Mary was at her mother's.

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