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Ellipses of nominative with "has," "is," "was"

The omission of the Nominative is most common with "has," "is," "was," &c.

"He has" is frequently pronounced and sometimes written "has," and "he" easily coalesces with "was," 1 "will," &c. Hence these cases should be distinguished from those in the preceding paragraph.

“And to the skirts of this wild wood he came,
Where, meeting with an old religious man,
After some question with him was converted.

“This young gentlewoman had a father whose skill was almost as
great as his honesty: had it stretch'd so far, would have made nature
immortal.

Hero. I'll wear this.
Marg. By my troth, 's not so good.

“For Cloten
There wants no diligence in seeking him,
And (he) will no doubt be found.

“For I do know Fluellen valiant.
And, touch'd with choler, hot as gunpowder;
And quickly will return an injury.

“This is that banish'd haughty Montague,
And here is come.

“As for Cromwell,
Beside that of the jewel-house, (he) is made master
O' the rolls.

“I know the gentleman; and, as you say,
There (he) was a' gaming.

“Bring him forth; has sat in the stocks all night, &c.

So Ib. 114, 298; T. N. i. 5. 156.

“'Tis his own blame: hath put himself from rest.

Ib. iii. 1. 5; Othello, iii. 1. 67; T. of A. iii. 2. 39, iii. 3. 23, iv. 3. 463. This omission is frequent after appellatives or oaths.

“Poor jade, is wrung in the withers out of all 'cess.

“Poor fellow, never joyed since the price of oats rose.” Ib. 11.

Richard. Send for some of them.
Ely. Marry, and will, my lord, with all my heart.

In

“And the fair soul herself,
Weigh'd between loathness and obedience, at
Which end o' the beam should bow,

either "she" is omitted, or "should" is for "she would," or "o'" has been inserted by mistake.

1 See 461.

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