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a. They objected to the employee's being given a second chance, but not to the intern's being given a second chance.

Can you omit the second being given a second chance like this?

b. They objected to the employee's being given a second chance, but not to the intern's.

If so, is this a case of ellipsis?

If not, why not?

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listeneverCan you omit the second being given a second chance like this?

Interesting. No. You can't bridge with the gerund like that. This is half the reason I post here. Learners think of things I never would in a million years. The other half is ego, by the way.

Try "They objected to the employee's being given a second chance, but not to the intern's being given one."

anonymousTry "They objected to the employee's being given a second chance, but not to the intern's being given one."

Thanks, but that sounds less succinct.