Can I omit the second "I" in the following sentence: "I wanted to have another serving but somehow I restrained myself."


Yes, you can omit the second "I." It is grammatically correct to say "I wanted [first verb] to have another serving but [conjunction] restrained [second verb] myself. You would merely be creating a compound verb.

If you were to keep the second "I," you would need a comma between "serving" and "but" because there would be two complete thoughts.

  • Thanks a lot for the answer, BreWoodsy. But, are you sure about the comma "serving" and "but".
    – hni105
    Feb 13 at 9:23
  • @hni105 SFTLR. Yes, typically in proper grammar, you would need a comma between the two thoughts. Here's some more information on that if you would like to know more: grammar-monster.com/lessons/conjunctions_and_commas.htm
    – BreWoodsy
    Feb 15 at 18:08

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