People might need a little old-fashioned.

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(In a movie)

 

A : We made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input.


B: The uniform? Aren't the stars and stripes a little old-fashioned?

 

A: With everything that is happening and the things that are about to come to light, people might need a little old-fashioned.

 

 

There is something omitted in the bold sentence or how do a little old-fashioned take the place for objects? Or I think he just wants to quote what B said before? What do you experts think?

 

Thank you so much as always and take good care.

asked Nov 09 '12 at 05:42 Hans Contributor

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Yes, he is quoting what B said before.  There are some implied words that we understand from the context.  If you were writing a scholarly paper, rather than conversation, you might say, “People might need the comfort provided by a uniform that is a little old fashioned.” But people don’t talk that way most of the time.  We allow others to fill in the missing words, to understand what we mean in context.  In A’s last sentence, “a little old-fashioned” stands in for the noun phrase.

link comment answered Nov 09 '12 at 06:07 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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