Definition of gapping in English:


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[mass noun] Grammar
  • The omission of a verb in the second of two coordinated clauses, as in I went by bus and Mary by car.
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    • The paradigmatic case of gapping, also known as verb medial gapping, is represented by examples like (1.4)3.
    • It has been claimed in the literature that gapping is prohibited in Chinese.

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