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    Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    My teacher told us we can omit the clause's subject, when it consists with the main clause's subject.

    Does my GPA matter when applying for a job?

    my GPA
    is the main clause's subject, but the adverbial clause omit I am.
    In this sentence, the subject in the clause doesn't consists with the subject in the main clause.How can "I am" be omit?

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    Your sentence is correct. It would also be correct with "I am" added. The subject does not have to be the same.

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    #3

    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    I saw a cow riding my bicycle through the countryside the other day.

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I saw a cow riding my bicycle through the countryside the other day.
    It's not the same case.riding my bicycle is the object complement describing the cow.

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your sentence is correct. It would also be correct with "I am" added. The subject does not have to be the same.
    Could you please give me some more examples?

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    'I usually stay indoors while raining.'
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 03-Nov-2015 at 18:57.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    That sentence doesn't work, Matthew.

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'I usually stay indoors while raining.'
    That suggests that you are raining!

    I usually stay indoors while reading.
    I usually stay indoors when it rains.
    I usually stay indoors during rain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    I think that was the point, Matthew seems to be doing what I did: providing a sentence that illustrates the issue of slight to moderate to severe changes in subject with multiple clauses -- meaning "this sort of practice can really be problematic, see?"

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    Re: Why is the subject omitted in this adverbial clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    It's not the same case.riding my bicycle is the object complement describing the cow.
    Do you really think that a cow can ride a bicycle?
    I am not a teacher.

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