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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Prepositional Because" or "Prepositional Ellipsis"?

There's been a bit of buzz around because being the new prepositionSentence first addressed it as well.  I thought I might offer yet another.

There are many types of ellipses in English:

  • I like apples and [I like] oranges.

  • I went home last night and [I] called my cousin.

  • Dad will help and Mom will [help] too.


So an ellipsis can be an omission of a noun (subject), verb, or noun and a verb when restating them is not necessary.  But can we do the same with prepositions?

Because usually functions as either...

  • Subordinating conjunction that introduces a subordinating clause: I eat vegetables because I want to stay healthy.

  • Before a prepositional phrase: Because of your tardiness, you have been removed from class.


Is it possible to have a "prepositional ellipsis"?

  •  I'm late because [of] YouTube.

  • You're reading this because [of my] procrastination.

  • But Iowa still wants to sell eggs to California, because [of] money.

  • ...because [of] logic.


What do you think?  Do we have a prepositional because or a prepositional ellipsis ... or something else?