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I would like to know why you say "Glad I could help". Why you do not say "I am glad I could help"?
 

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The short version (also 'Glad to help') is our casual way of speaking in conversational English, when we don't find it necessary to construct a more formal complete sentence.

Don't you do the same sort of thing in Persian?
 

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We commonly shorten sentences in that way if we know that the listener will have no trouble understanding what we mean.
 

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The short version (also 'Glad to help') is our casual way of speaking in conversational English, when we don't find it necessary to construct a more formal complete sentence.

Don't you do the same sort of thing in Persian?
Yes I do
Only when the subject is "I" we use the short version?
 

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Yes I do.
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Only when the subject is "I" we use the short version?
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Do we use the short version only when the subject is "I"?
Not necessarily.
 

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No. Glad I/we could help is common. Another version is Glad to help.
Why English speaker said me "am good and humble", Do you think it is wrong?
 
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Yes, but when said fast, "I'm" often sounds like /əm/.
 

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If by chatting you mean text-based chat, anything is possible. Don't ever use text-based chat as an example of what is right or wrong.

As examples of other times the noun is omitted:
George was so nice! Couldn't have been nicer! ("He" is omitted)
Do you know Mary? Someone useful to have on your side. ("She is" is omitted.)
 

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Generally, in this kind of construction, if we miss out anything, it's the pronoun and the verb (or at least part of it).

Happy to help = I'm/I was happy to help.
Happy to help? = Are you happy to help?
Going anywhere on holiday this year? = Are you going anywhere on holiday this year.
Had a shower yet? = Have you had a shower yet?

Sometimes, we only miss out the pronoun, as in this exchange:

Kelly: Hello?! Sarah? I'm back from work.
Sarah:Hi Kelly! Glad you're home! Made you something! = I'm glad you're home. I made/I have made you something.
 
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