The pronoun you can be omited as a general rule, but sometimes I’ve seen sentences that should have used I or it as the subject but it was omitted.

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    Don't know what you mean. Have any examples? A specific sentence where "you" can be omitted would be very useful, for us to know what you're asking. Dec 28, 2012 at 14:18
  • "you" can be omitted when the verb is in the imperative. When else?
    – rosends
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:19
  • @PeterShor For instance "go home" vs "I go gome", the first sentence refers to YOU
    – rraallvv
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:20

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In Standard English, the subject can be omitted only in an imperative sentence:

  • Go to the store.

Colloquially, you can sometimes sneak by with an implied subject if there’s enough context:

  • Got something to say?
  • Went home sick — fell asleep immediately.
  • Am not!
  • "Got something to say?" is referring to whom?
    – rraallvv
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:29
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    @rraallvv It’s not referring to anybody; it’s addressing someone. It’s in the second person.
    – tchrist
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:31
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    Nice examples. Gratifyingly sneaky. Dec 28, 2012 at 20:39

Leaving off the first word, or words, in a sentence is a common conversational strategy in English, explained here. It's called "Conversational Deletion" in the trade.

The deleted material often is, but need not be, a subject pronoun; any word or phrase that's predictable can be deleted, followed by the next predictable chunk, etc, until new information is reached. This is not random, but is governed by the usual syntactic rules, as explained in the dissertation mentioned in the link above.

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