''He's not'' at the end


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In the movie''The Lincoln Lawyer'' on a court hearing the prosecutor and the lawyer are talking to the judge that the prosecutor goes:Because of the seriousness of the offence, the financial resources of the accused, the state requests no bail. Lawyer:Your Honor, there's no way the state can claim that my client is a flight risk. He's not.Prosecutor: With resources like this man has, flight is always a risk.
What kind of grammar is the lawyer using? By mentioning the term''He's not'' at the end? Is it formal or informal? Can I rephrase that in this way: My client is not the way that the state is claiming that he is a flight risk?
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree completely, but just to explain further, Ali: This sort of thing is entirely correct in context. Clearly, "he's not" means nothing all by itself. But following the sentence before it, it makes perfect sense. For another example, take the following exchange:

    A: I don't think you're qualified for that job.
    B: You're wrong. I am.
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