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I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct:

  1. I've recently sold my first book, a period drama which I've written years ago, and I have another book optioned.

  2. I've recently sold my first book, a period drama which I've written years ago, and have another book optioned.

Notice the second version doesn’t say I again. Is that still grammatically correct?

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  • I'm guessing the other choice is supposed to be: "I've recently sold my first book, a period drama written years ago, and..."
    – GEdgar
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:09
  • @GEdgar No, there’s a hard to see duplicated I.
    – tchrist
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:53
  • Why, since you used "I've" at the start of the sentence, does your first example use "I have" later on? "I've" in the second usage would be far more idiomatic.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:32

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The second option seems better. I would also like to suggest a change. " I've recently sold my first book, a period drama which I wrote years ago, and have another book optioned. To address your first concern, you can use an additional 'I' , it's not grammatically incorrect. It's just that in English we try to minimise the repetition of the same word in a sentence as much as we can.

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  • Yes but she asked when it is required, not when it seems better.
    – tchrist
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:52
  • She has specifically asked , " which of these two phrases would be considered correct ?"
    – Arshiya
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:55
  • And you have not answered that question. "Seems better" makes no statement about grammaticality of one versus the other. Are you suggesting that the first version is grammatically incorrect?
    – tchrist
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:56
  • I've addressed your concern.
    – Arshiya
    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:04
  • Well done, thanks.
    – tchrist
    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:05

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