Some RDA elements have semantics that merge two or more other elements.

The merge retains the domain of the first element and the range of the last element, but does not identify any intermediate entities.

These are known as "shortcut" elements.

Most RDA shortcut elements result from accommodating legacy elements within the IFLA Library Reference Model.

Examples of RDA shortcut elements

rdaw:P10429 "has screenwriter person" is equivalent to rdaw:P10159 "has screenplay work" plus rdaw:P10436 "has author person". The intermediate "screenplay work" is not identified.

rdaw:P10072 "has manifestation of work" is equivalent to rdaw:P10078 "has expression of work" plus rdae:P20059 "has manifestation of expression". The intermediate "expression" is not identified.