For years, I got uncomfortable whenever I see non-question sentence/phrase begin with "am" instead of "I", such as:

"What are you doing?" "Am eating."



The problem is, that last word (or hashtag) is written by a tweet account that focused on English writing.


Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no

different. JOHN SCALZI #amwriting #rejection #writerslife

Now I become a little bit confused. Does the standalone "am" usage without "I" is actually normal? Should I actually accept this and learn this as normal? Or do I need to always mark this as incorrect? If this is normal, when is the appropriate context to use this? I mean, rather than #amwriting hashtag, I think a more appropriate hashtag would be #iamwriting or #iamawriter. I mean, why sometimes people deliberately leave "I" on those phrases?


It is slang, and informal. There is no particular grammatical reason to leave out the ‘I’, and it is incorrect. The writer of the tweet is probably using #amwriting because it’s a common hashtag, and they want their post to be included in the hashtag’s ‘feed’, so that people browsing #amwriting on twitter can see their post. As to why the hashtag was first used without being grammatically correct, we can only speculate.

Hope that helps!

  • Alright, thank you for the explanation! Mar 31 '20 at 4:29

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