Ellipsis means leaving out certain words that are nevertheless understood by the reader though not expressed in the text. Ellipsis produces an economical and compact text. Hebrew has a greater tendency to ellipsis than English, as poetry has compared to prose. Paradoxically the word "ellipsis" comes from Greek meaning "leave in"! Presumably the notion is that ellipsis leaves a gap in the sentence!?
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