I am a spanish speaker, and the last night I watched the movie "The Silencing". There, some characters used expressions such as:

"Realized I did not like to let animals suffer"

In which cases can I start a sentence with a VERB, instead of, for example: "I realized that I did not like to let animals suffer"? Is it grammatically correct?

Thank you in advance!


Nothing to do with grammar.

Maybe Spanish is different in this regard, but spoken language rarely sticks to all the rules all the time. Need examples of things which happen in conversation but buck the style conventions of proper written English? Sentence fragments. Verbal, verbal restarts. Sentences that simply stop halfway-- you get the idea.

Writers, whether they work on screenplays or novels, write dialogue how people would speak in real life. Grammatically correct English would immediately make a character come across as fake, unless the character is a school teacher from the year 1831.

Oh! Another difference between written and spoken English. Given linear time, a speaker can't go back and correct earlier sentences. So dialogue tends to be non-linear.

  • Thank you Anna. I got it. As you say, in the spoken language everything is spontaneous, it is more about understanding than being "grammatically correct" as we are used to learn in academia. There are colloquial elements that can break with theory.
    – Daniel Alejandro Rivas Galindo
    Sep 3 '20 at 19:42

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