Everything was as he remembered it.

Can I delete it in the sentence above?

I feel it is weird to contain it in the sentence.


It is not "weird" to include it, but it is not necessary.

An Ngram seems to show a recent rise in popularity of this type of omission:

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Q: How was everything?

A: It was all as he remembered (it).

Can you see how it is a bit redundant here? What other pronoun or noun could sensibly be considered implicit and would drastically change the meaning of the sentence? The subject has already been stated once.

Most (if not all) fluent speakers of English would understand either way. It is up to you.

Click here to see the results of a Google Books search, which shows that both forms are in use.

  • Google Books, like Google, flatly ignores punctuation, so your Google Books link doesn't hold water. The Ngram viewer seems to be capable of handling punctuation by processing it like a word. – Eddie Kal Aug 27 '20 at 3:20
  • @EddieKal I did not know that, but looking through the results gives many good examples nonetheless. The search may have been flawed, but what was found is great. I was not attempting to show (with that link) the difference in popularity, it was simply to show OP that both are in use. – Micah Windsor Aug 27 '20 at 3:27
  • The Ngram is surprising to me - I would have expected that as he remembered was the older usage. – Peter Aug 27 '20 at 5:34
  • The speaker has a mental image of something he knew long ago - he remembers it as looking a certain way, and finds that it still looks like that. – Kate Bunting Aug 27 '20 at 7:59
  • May you tell what does it represent? – Y. zeng Aug 27 '20 at 12:41

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