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"Call it nature or nurture, harmless fantasy or insidious indoctrination, but Hollywood is discovering that it still pays not to fight the royal urge."

in the sentence above,why isn't there a "subject" before the first comma?does the sentence mean "no matter you call it nature or nurture.....,Hollywood is....."?if so,why is there a "but" ?
is it correct grammar?

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The subject of the first clause is an implied you.

Yes. The clause means that it doesn't matter what you call it.

The but is a way of saying that none of the preceding comments really matter. In other words, it is like saying that is beside the point.

It is perfectly correct.

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so it is grammatically correct to ellipsis the subject("you" in this case)?

RonBee said:
The subject of the first clause is an implied you.

Yes. The clause means that it doesn't matter what you call it.

The but is a way of saying that none of the preceding comments really matter. In other words, it is like saying that is beside the point.

It is perfectly correct.

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mengta said:
so it is grammatically correct to ellipsis the subject("you" in this case)?

RonBee said:
The subject of the first clause is an implied you.

Yes. The clause means that it doesn't matter what you call it.

The but is a way of saying that none of the preceding comments really matter. In other words, it is like saying that is beside the point.

It is perfectly correct.

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Yes, it is perfectly correct, and it is not unusual, especially in imperative sentences. Example: "(You) Give me a dollar."

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mengta said:
so it is grammatically correct to ellipsis the subject("you" in this case)?

Yes. I agree with Ron. The verb "call" is in the imperative form, although it is not really a command. Some would probably say that is in the subjunctive mood or call it an imperative-subjunctive, because it is rather hypothetical. In either case, the subject can be understood. :wink:
 
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