[Grammar] Subject Pronouns

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Anne59

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Hi! I don't know when I need to put a subject pronoun because I got all these sentences wrong. I didn't think any of them need one.

We went to the new English class last week. It was a great class.
We went to the new English class last week and it was a great class.
We went to the new English class last week because it was important to us.
We went to the new English class last week which was a great class.

I understand that I need a subject pronoun after a full stop but do I need the subject pronoun after all the conjunctions and not after a pronoun? How do I know when to put one or not. Is there a rule?

Thanks as always!
 

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I think the general rule is that you always need a subject in English, regardless of whether there is a full stop. This applies to the indicative mood. The imperative is different. For example, in "Stop doing that and come over here" the second independent clause correctly lacks a subject pronoun.

Perhaps you are being influenced in your thinking by Spanish constructs such as "No tenemos nada que hacer y estamos aburridos." But as you know, in English it would be "We have nothing to do and we are bored." You won't go wrong by ensuring that your English clauses always have an explicitly stated subject. When in doubt, use a pronoun.
 
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