Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Sep 2014
    • Posts: 683
    #1

    . . . but (I) could not

    Hi,

    *self-made*

    - I wanted to learn English, but (I) could not.

    I would like to ask if I can omit 'I' after 'but' or not.

    Thank you.

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: . . . but (I) could not

    You could, but I wouldn't.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,330
    #3

    Re: . . . but (I) could not

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Ademoglu:

    I was reading a book this morning when I came across a sentence that immediately reminded me of your post.

    May I share it with you?


    " 'Well, I'd sort of like a job.' This [what he had just said] didn't strike me as particularly brilliant, but was out and there was no changing it now." (The words had come out of his mouth, so it was impossible to do anything about that fact.)

    As you can see, the writer decided to leave out the word "it" after "but."


    Source: Karl Brown, quoted in My First Time in Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •