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What is it called when someone only uses part of a well-known phrase, assuming the reader/listener knows the rest of the phrase that has been omitted?
Example: Saying, ''She made her bed.'' instead of saying ''She made her bed, now she has to lie in it.''
This would be an example of ellipsis. This term describes the omission of “given” information, which in turn refers to knowledge assumed to be shared by participants in an exchange. “Given” information and its counterpart, “new” information, are also technical terms in linguistics.
Ellipsis contributes to discourse cohesion and economy in that it takes into account what participants know about the/their world, about each other, and about the context of the exchange itself.
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