Does this noun phrase denote the result of the verb?

“I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,” said Dill. Jem and I stopped in our tracks. ‘Yes sir, a clown,” he said. “There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.” (Harper Lee, To Kill A … Read more

Why is “that”/”which” omitted in this sentence?

In the sentence: All the information you need is in these folders. I would have expected to find: All the information that/which you need is in these folders. Why are those omitted? Answer Complementizers (words which introduce an embedded clause) can be elided in English. So the answer to your question is: it is omitted … Read more

When is it acceptable to omit the subject “I”?

Have noticed that English speakers omit “I” when they are emailing or chatting: How are you doing? Am fine. Also, this occurs often in daily/weekly reports. Have seen quite a few of them, written by nationals of all English-speaking countries: Was re-installing a workstation in a conference room; Discussed a quarterly report with X; Am … Read more

Is “You alright?” (without “are”) acceptable?

I’m having a hard time figuring out which is the correct form of asking this kind of question. I mean speaking strictly, this doesn’t sound right: You alright? or You eaten anything? compared to Are you alright? and Have you eaten anything?. So please enlighten me. Are those both forms correct or just something which … Read more