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Thread #153852   Message #3606317
Posted By: Airymouse
01-Mar-14 - 09:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
Subject: RE: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
On topic: It has become common for the guy who waits on you to hand you the plate and say,"Enjoy." In a region of the U.S. that comprises West Va, western VA, Ohio,western PA, western NY, Indiana, and Eastern Tennessee "to be" is often left out. For example, "The house needs painted." Most people outside this region would say, "The house needs to be painted," or "The house needs painting." We have an exam for foreign students, (something about "English as a foreign language")and the people who grade it think the above ellipsis is incorrect. They are wrong. Consider "I now pronounce you (to be) man and wife" or "The dog wants (to go) out."
Off topic: Is there a difference between "metalepsis" and "apposition"?
Only an idiot like me would fret over "more specific", because it's used by everybody. Is it possible to more specify something? I think of "specify" as an on-off ____. Either you specified something or you didn't.