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If I would say, I am a reader and "am" interested in this particular book. Should I add a second "am" after "and" or I should just leave it out?
I will help you adding the context you missed.
I am a reader interested in italian literature, spanish classics and american magazines.
I am a reader and I am interested in italian litereature and spanish classics.
I don't know if those sentences are correct, but I'm pretty sure you need to use "I am" if the case you're asking is the one in red.
Good morning, Mike.
(1) I agree with the other posters that you need the second "am" and it would be nice to add "I," but probably not "necessary" in conversation.
I am a reader.
I am interested in this particular book.
I am a reader, and I am interested in this particular book.
I am a reader, and (I) am interested in this particular book.
P. S. I would use a comma after "reader," because you are dealing with two separate sentences:
(a) the first "am" is for a noun ("reader").
(b) the second "am" is for an adjective ("interested").
If you use only one "am," you are expecting that one "am" to cover a noun and adjective. That is too much work for one little "am."
Have a nice day!
Two V-bars are being conjoined:
[am a reader] + [am interested]
1. am [a reader] and [interested]
2. am [a reader] and [an astronaut]
How can we account for the ungrammaticality of 1. in light of the grammaticality of 2.? The lexical category of the conjoints should match. They do not: NP + AP.
Sometimes, however, this 'rule' does not work. Why? It is not within the scope of our present concern; besides, I do not know why.
He is [young] and [down-to-earth]. (AP + PP)