Sometimes i see "She went there and she started working." And often i see "She went there and started working." should I use the subject again after 'and' or not? What is the rule? Thanks in advance.

  • As DW256 says in his answer below, your examples are coordinate constructions consisting respectively of two main clauses and two verb phrases: [She went there] and she started working]. / She [went there] and [started working]. The second one is semantically equivalent to the first, but far more stylistically elegant.
    – BillJ
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 11:32

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Both are grammatically acceptable. The relation between the elements is called coordination.

In one case it would be a coordination of main clauses:

[She went there][and[she started working]].

In the other case it would be of verb phrases:

She [went there][and[started working]].

Leaving the repeated element in tends to emphasize it.

  • Thanks...can you tell which one is preferable and why?
    – user386586
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 14:32
  • Neither one is preferable. It depends on how verbose the speaker wants to be. Commented May 26, 2020 at 15:03

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