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    I'm excused absences ...

    I'm excused absences will make it very difficult for the students to pass the course.
    [I am excused + clause]

    Is the above sentence structure grammatical?
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    Re: I'm excused absences ...

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I'm excused absences will make it very difficult for the students to pass the course.
    [I am excused + clause]

    Is the above sentence structure grammatical?
    No. I don't know what you mean by "I'm excused" here. I would expect your sentence to mean something like "I'm aware that absences will make..." or "I understand that absences..." Is that close to what you mean?

    We generally only use "to be excused" to mean that someone leaves or is allowed to leave:

    Please may I be excused? (Please can I leave the room?)
    The man was behaving badly and I excused myself from his company. (I chose to move away from the man.)

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