When you're hungry, and have something in your freezer, you eat it.

When you're hungry, and you have something in your freezer, you eat it.

Is it okay to not use you in this sentence? If the subject is the same, is it okay not to use pronouns after the conjunction?

  • Not much in it, really, though personally I'd retain "you" in the second coordinate: it's perfectly natural and it doesn't represent an exact repetition of the subject in "you're" in the first coordinate. – BillJ Feb 4 '17 at 18:25

One can strip all the you's from that and it still only has one meaning, who is doing the eating doesn't need to be defined.

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Yes, it's OK. I just looked up an explanation and discovered that there's a name for this: conjunction reduction. See https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/51930/i-verb-and-am-rest-of-sentence/51955#51955

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  • Except that nobody calls it that! It's simply a coordination of VPs: When[ you're hungry], and [have something in your freezer], you eat it. – BillJ Feb 5 '17 at 8:37

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