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Is it possible to drop the 'I' before the verb in a sentence where the object comes before the verb? A few examples are:

If my journey (I) restart, then I do waste my time.

If my folders (I) delete, then I do lose my files.

This sentence structure strikes me as being unorthodox. I'd like to know whether or not it is acceptable, and if so, in which contexts.

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  • It could work in poetry. Otherwise, could you shift the order a bit to get to a logical order: If restarting my journey, I or If deleting my folders, I? – Yosef Baskin Jul 6 '20 at 22:13
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    Weird at best.. – Hot Licks Jul 6 '20 at 22:16
  • @YosefBaskin I'm using it in a poem. Having it in logical order works against the flow of the piece. – Said Bisher Jul 6 '20 at 22:22
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    In a poem, all bets are off. If the reader has to think about it a while, and that is your intention, go for it. The tone is the high tone of a prayer. – Yosef Baskin Jul 6 '20 at 22:43
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    The sentences are equally strange with or without the I. I would be more inclined to replace the I with should. Also, poetically, I would expect do I rather than I do. (1) If my journey should restart, then do I waste my time. (2) If my folders should delete, then do I lose my files. – Jason Bassford Jul 6 '20 at 22:50

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