Western University Faculty of Arts, Languages, and HumanitiesCore English Year III, Semester IGroup 1 Avoid Repetition
How to use an auxiliary to avoid repetition?
In short answer:Avoiding repetition in short answer is not really a big problem. It can beavoided easily by using its own auxiliary verb.Ex: A:
you go to your hometown this Pchum Ben?B: Yes, I think I
(go to my hometown).
(‘go to my hometown’ is deleted in
order to avoid repetition, or
we can say that the speaker doesn’t want to repeat the whole
you do me a favor?B: No, I
(do you a favor).
(‘do me a favor’
isn’t used again in sentence B because
speaker doesn’t want to repeat th
e whole verb again, or thewhole verb is understood)
* It is very easy to avoiding repetition in the short answers. If we use
in the question (sentence A), so we use
again in theanswer (sentence B) and delete the whole verb that is the same in bothsentences A and B.Ex: A: Can I ask you a question?B: Yes, you can/should/must/will ask me a question.
can’t be used in sentence A because ‘
is used in sentence A, so
is the right answer)
(‘ask me a question’ is the same in sentence A and B, so no need to
use it again in sentence B
it is understood.)
Commenting on given information:Sometime we make a comment in a conversation, so we usually avoidrepetition when we want to reply to the comment.Ex: A: He can drive a car.B: He can (drive a car)
, can’t he
(drive a car)?
drive a car
is the same in sentence A and B, so it is not necessary touse it again in replying to a comment)