From the Murdoch Mysteries special episode “A Very Murdoch Christmas”:
Det. Murdoch: (1) Mrs. Rankin, someone wanted your husband dead.
Mrs. Rankin: (2) And succeeded.
We see here ellipsis of the complement of a main verb — in this case, the verb succeed. But what material do we supply for the complement of suceeded in (2)? Certainly, there’s no obvious overt antecedent in the context in (1), but still the script writers got away with (2), which we understand as something like:
(2′) And succeeded in killing my husband / him.
This is a remarkably far from the textbook paradigm in which an ellipsis matches with an antecedent constituent in the preceding context. Instead, we paste together an interpretation for the elliptical material from the content of the material in the context, plus commonsense reasoning, and perhaps background factual knowledge as well.