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    May I omit the subject in the sentences?

    Hi teachers:
    If the subject in the sentences are the same, I wonder if I can omit it .
    1 He can play the violin and he can play the piano, too .
    May I say:
    He can play the violin and play the piano, too.
    2.He can play the cello but he can't play the piano.
    May I say:
    He can play the violin but can't play the piano.

    Could you tell me if the sentences in bold are right and natural?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Smile Re: May I omit the subject in the sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hi teachers:
    If the subject in the sentences are the same, I wonder if I can omit it .
    1 He can play the violin and he can play the piano, too .
    May I say:
    He can play the violin and play the piano, too.
    2.He can play the cello but he can't play the piano.
    May I say:
    He can play the violin but can't play the piano.

    Could you tell me if the sentences in bold are right and natural?
    Thanks a lot!
    Yes, you can omit the subject, even the predicate in some cases.

    He can play the violin and piano too.
    He can play the violin, but not the piano.



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    Re: May I omit the subject in the sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Yes, you can omit the subject, even the predicate in some cases.

    He can play the violin and piano too.
    He can play the violin, but not the piano.


    ...But, with a bit of forethought, you could side-step the question entirely: 'He can play both the violin and the piano.'

    b

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