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Chapter 12. Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch > Connect the Dots - Pg. 122

Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch 122 Elliptical clauses come in different flavors: adverb, adjective, and noun. Here's how you can recog- nize them. Type of Clause Adverb clause Adjective clause Noun clause What's Omitted Subject, verb, or either one The words that, which, whom Subject, verb, or the second half of the comparison The mark of punctuation called an ellipsis is three spaced dots (...). It's used to show that something has been intentionally omitted from a sentence. Elliptical clauses don't use the three spaced dots of the ellipsis; instead, the elliptical clause just swipes the name of the ellipsis and adopts its function in the way it structures a sentence by omitting certain words. Danger, Will Robinson Because elliptical clauses are missing words, there's a danger that they might not convey your meaning. As you write, say the word or words you are leaving out to make sure your clauses are clear. Elliptical clauses help create concise writing and speech. In these days when many people have a lot to say but say little, we want to support the use of the elliptical clause as much as possible.