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Dropping a first person subject pronoun in a conditional sentence

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, ...
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"The" as a subject?

Could the be used as a subject, omitting the actual one? Just like this: The man has bought a hat; the [hat] fits him. It's a Russian joke, by the way.
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Can you omit only a subject following “as long as?”

Can you leave a subject following “as long as” out, keeping the verb followed alive? I can read it aloud for you as long as it is in English. So you can watch any movies as long as they have ...
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Is this example correct? (omitting subject in compound sentence)

Had an argument with my colleague regarding the example from "Advanced Grammar in Use" by Martin Hewings: In two years time Morneau will have been acting for 50 years, and shows no signs of ...
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What do we call the process of dropping the subject at the beginning of a sentence?

In casual conversation I've been noticing this more and more in my own speaking as well as others. The subject will be missing from the beginning of the sentence and instead it's inferred as the ...
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What do you think about "Sorry." as a complete sentence? or What are your thoughts on subject omission? [duplicate]

I've been poring over materials on Japanese (日本語) and found it common of them to contrast the language with English in saying that pronominal subjects can be —and typically are, as with 私は (Watashi ha,...
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Sentences that begin with "To think that;" are they impersonal?

Sentences such as To think that she did all that To think that Messi and Cristiano Rolando are both out of the World Cup To think that this could ever happen to me Are these impersonal sentences (i....
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"As has been seen/shown/etc": What kind of grammatical category does it belong to? [duplicate]

It is evident that expressions like "as has been seen" make reference to something already mentioned before. However, why is there no pronoun? why not, for instance, "as IT has been seen"? On the ...
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Is the phrase "I love playing guitar, been doing it since a very young age" grammatically correct?

My quarrel with the phrase in the question title is the use of "been doing it". Is it valid to use it this way (without the word "having" in front of it)? If it's not grammatically correct, is it at ...
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Is it ok to eliminate the "I" in informal English (e.g. "Am sorry" vs "I am sorry")? [duplicate]

I have seen writing where "I" is being dropped in sentences. For instance, "Am on my way" vs. "I am on my way". Is this acceptable usage?
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Is it important to use the word "I' in this sentences [duplicate]

I've read how the use of the word I isn't always necessary when writing a resume as the employer already knows that the resume belongs to the job applicant. However some of these sentences sound ...
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"I am" vs "am" - When should they be used in a sentence? [duplicate]

So often, I find people using am instead of I am, for example, am going to work am okay am sleeping Is this grammatically correct and when should am be used in a sentence if it is not ...
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Is there a name for the practice of dropping pronouns in written speech?

I’m specifically thinking about emails I receive all day where someone will write: Haven’t seen it yet. Will respond when received. If it were spoken, we would certainly hear: I haven’t seen ...
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Is it grammatical to omit the subject from "I did my work"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”? Is it correct to start a sentence with did. Did my work. instead of I did my work. while ...
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"Hope" versus "I hope" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there omission of subject in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask.” Is it correct to use hope without subject? I have seen may times something like: ...
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Why is the subject omitted in sentences like "Thought you'd never ask"?

"Thought you'd never ask" is "I thought you'd never ask" with "I" omitted. "Hope this helps" is "I hope this helps" with "I" omitted. In English grammar, normally every sentence should have a subject,...
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Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with "Am"?

I want to know firstly if it's grammatically correct to start a declarative sentence with "Am". For example: Am excited about the game today. Secondly, if it is grammatically incorrect, then I ...
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