Using the Grammatical Ellipse Author Adrienne (scieditor) Date October 9, 2017 Comments: Leave a comment “But you’re missing words!” “But everyone knows what they are.” It’s a legit grammatical structure. Why the grammatical ellipse works and how to use it, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Mentioned: CMOS17 [5.229]. We use these constructions naturally when making commands: “Give it!” (Give the tuggy to me, puppy.) Photo by Alan Levine, used under public domain license.