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    Default Hey, umm, I am vs am vs I'm

    A quote from B.H.Obama

    Just finished a great rally in Charlottesville, and am looking forward to your questions.
    Is this acceptable?

    I'm thinking it should be "I am", or "I'm".

    But, I guess, "am" itself works as well...it just sounds funny.

    I think, though, that "I" has to appear in the sentence for "am" to be used as a reference to you..otherwise you have an "am" that isn't connected to anyone. "Am" is a state, it isn't a descriptive personal noun. You can't say "Am sorry", for example. If it were "I just finished....and am looking forward...", that could work.

    But just "Just finished...am looking forward to..."

    Something seems off.

    Right or wrong?

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    A horrible error, and proof he is unfit to be leading this country!

    But in all seriousness, I'm not sure. I think that the sentence would have the implied subject "I", and therefore would be more or less correct. But I agree, it sounds strange.
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    It's acceptable in informal speech...am positive

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    It's acceptable in informal speech...am positive
    For example:

    Are positive?

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    It's very common for informal speech to discard words seen as unnecessary - "I" being one of the more common ones. It sounds a bit awkward, I guess, but I've said and heard phrases along those lines many times.

    wtf does "acceptable" mean? It is acceptable to me that Obama doesn't always speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences while voluntarily answering questions from random nerds on the internets, yes (this is from the reddit AMA today, if anyone is wondering. check it out, it's pretty cool).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    wtf does "acceptable" mean? It is acceptable to me that Obama doesn't always speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences while voluntarily answering questions from random nerds on the internets, yes
    If you have the ability to end the world for everyone, you should be getting the basics of grammar right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xisnotx View Post
    For example:

    Are positive?
    No, because the subject is not implied by the verb form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xisnotx View Post
    If you have the ability to end the world for everyone, you should be getting the basics of grammar right.
    Um, yeah, like nuclear. My philosophy has always been that you shouldn't be able to launch one if you can't pronounce it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xisnotx View Post
    If you have the ability to end the world for everyone, you should be getting the basics of grammar right.
    I suppose you will be voting for the candidate with more formal grammar in the next election, then, regardless of platform?

    It's not even incorrect, just informal. He's a long way from Bush as far as proper English goes.
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    But fuck the rules. Sometimes, it's clearer when you don't abide by them--sticking commas where they don't belong and taking them out where they should be, using prepositions to end sentences.. screw it; it's easier for everybody.


    edit: Oh, here's a guide on the Internet. I guess Use a comma to avoid confusion. applies.

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