Adjective "gapping" definition and examples

(Gapping may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Definitions and examples


The omission of a verb in the second of two coordinated clauses, as in I went by bus and Mary by car.
  1. 'The paradigmatic case of gapping, also known as verb medial gapping, is represented by examples like (1.4)3.'

More definitions

1. a rule of transformational grammar by which repeated instances of a verb are deleted from conjoined sentences, as in the deletion of brought from Mary brought the bread, John the cheese, and Bill the wine.

More examples(as adjective)

"shortfalls can be gapping."

"deficits can be gapping."

"banks can be gapping."