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    Omitting pronouns for informal writing.

    Hello everyone,

    I want to know how to use that omitting-pronoun technique in my informal writing. So, would anyone explain me this point?


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    Re: Omitting pronouns for informal writing.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I want to know how to use that omitting-pronoun technique in my informal writing. So, would anyone explain me this point?


    Sorry that I didn't call you last night. (Copied)
    Just a quick line to tell you about yesterday's wedding. ​(Copied)
    It's fairly simple. If removing it doesn't change the meaning, doesn't make it ambiguous, and doesn't cause confusion, you can probably omit it. In the two examples you gave, there is no doubt about what has been omitted. The first couldn't (logically) start with anything except "I'm/I am" and the second couldn't logically start with anything except "This is".
    However, as we always say, context is vital so don't just assume you can always omit the pronoun and the verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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