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Since I'm a native Spanish speaker I tend to suppress the subject a lot when speaking, since most of the time it's tacit for us.

So, many times I find myself writing things like "but I'm not sure, and was wondering", which sounds good to me, but then I realize that, in this case, was doesn't have a corresponding subject, at least not an immediate one.

Can the subject (I) from the first part of the sentence be considered as the subject of the remaining statement ("was wondering")? I guess not, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, waiwai933 Dec 21 '11 at 6:28

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Yes, you can apply the subject of the sentence to multiple predicates, e.g.:

I found a seat, curled up, and began to read my book.

I think so, but I'm not sure, and was wondering that myself.

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Yet more Conjunction Reduction. This is the third or fourth time in the last couple of days this has come up. –  John Lawler Dec 20 '11 at 19:18
This is a form of ellipsis, yes? –  Karl Knechtel Dec 21 '11 at 1:53

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