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    Can you sometimes reduse the subject in English?

    Example a dialog between two people:

    'Why, does the manager not know about it?'
    'Did not know before, until I told him.'

    (Here instead of 'He did not know' just 'Did not know' - do people speak like this in English?)


    And a similar thing: can you sometimes reduce the verb:

    Everyone in our class understood that it is bad to pollute the environment.
    The one who didn't was John.

    (Instead of saying 'The one who didn't understand', I say 'The one ho didn't' - is it OK?).
    Last edited by leo12345; 17-Jun-2015 at 17:43.

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    Re: Can you sometimes reduse the subject in English?

    In colloquial speech, it is not uncommon to drop a subject when it's clear what is referred to:

    What are you doing tonight?
    Going out for dinner.

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