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Re: Ellipsis (was: Re: Italian Particles)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Sunday, June 11, 2000, 23:34
->> "Take!" is impossible for me; it has to be "Take it!".  As for "Give!",
>> that is possible in a situation of begging (the Bible says: >> "The horse-leech has two daughters, crying, Give, give)". > >Are you sure that's native English syntax? I find "give" in an imperative >without at least one argument stilted, and without two in declarative >sentence sounds strange as well.>
In context and colloquially, one or zero arguments with "give" seems OK: (people came around soliciting money for something or other) "But I didn't give" or "I gave a dollar". And of course, "I gave at the office".