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Offline navi

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ellipsis?
« on: October 20, 2021, 03:22:38 am »
Which are correct:

1) He can't hear you, but you can him.

2) He doesn't hear you, but you do him.

3) He can hear you, but you can't him.
4) He hears you, but you don't him.

5) He can't hear you, but you do him.
6) He doesn't hear you, but you can him.

7) He can hear you, but you don't him.

8) He hears you, but you can't him.

Gratefully,
Navi

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Re: ellipsis?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2021, 07:32:24 am »
I'm sorry Navi, but none of them works.
He can't hear you, but you can hear him.etc.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: ellipsis?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2021, 08:04:11 pm »
Britta is spot on but, I would also accept: #1 and #3
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Duncan