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So often, I find people using am instead of I am, for example,

  • am going to work
  • am okay
  • am sleeping

Is this grammatically correct and when should am be used in a sentence if it is not preceded by I?

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marked as duplicate by Kris, RegDwigнt Apr 4 '13 at 8:02

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Am pretty sure this question has been asked before (several times, in fact — look at the related questions there). –  RegDwigнt Apr 4 '13 at 8:05
You're probably hearing people say I'm, with an accent that makes the "I" part inaudible to you. I'm is vastly more common in speech than am. That's in speech. In writing, everything depends on the context, and everybody makes up their own rules for infrml wrtng. –  John Lawler Apr 4 '13 at 14:19

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I'm not sure in what context you're seeing people use this, but I would guess that it's internet or texting related. If so, then it's just typical modern-day internet prose (i.e. the continued downward spiral of the English language).

Technically, it is not grammatically correct. A sentence should have a subject and a verb (at least that was how I was taught). I certainly wouldn't use it in any formal writing.

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okay, that actually makes sense because i have not come across it in any formal writing. it is mostly internet and texting related –  Śśòzī ɱīçhæł Apr 4 '13 at 5:48

It’s quite normal to drop the subject pronoun in contexts where brevity is important. It is certainly a practice found in emails and texting, but it was previously found in their predecessor, the telegram, and many people drop the subject pronoun when taking notes. It is also dropped in quite formal prose to avoid repetition, as in, for example, I went to New York last week and am going again tomorrow. It is a form of ellipsis, and should not be considered ungrammatical.

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