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We might also look for exception in modern Western cultures, where technology has made it possible for fathers to raise infants, and families are smaller than was traditionally the case.

How do you native people see the construction 'than was' here grammatically?

Do you think it's a kind of ellipsis? Or something else?
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Yes, ellipsis:
are smaller than (what) traditionally was the case.
are smaller than (it) was the case traditionally.
... families are smaller than they used to be.
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Hi,

We might also look for exception in modern Western cultures, where technology has made it possible for fathers to raise infants, and families are smaller than was traditionally the case.

I see it as

We might also look for exception in modern Western cultures, where technology has made it possible for fathers to raise infants, and families are smaller than the case was traditionally.

Best wishes, Clive

CliveHi,

We might also look for exception in modern Western cultures, where technology has made it possible for fathers to raise infants, and families are smaller than was traditionally the case.

I see it as

We might also look for exception in modern Western cultures, where technology has made it possible for fathers to raise infants, and families are smaller than the case was traditionally.

Best wishes, Clive


Very interesting, Clive.

So, do you think it's some sort of inversion?
Hi,

Yep.

Clive
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Good!

Thank you, Clive!