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I was watching "Olympus" TV series. A character says that "It was all I had growing up."

"It was all I had (when I was) growing up." Is that the completed sentence of it? If so, when and how can we omit words in speaking? What are the rules of omitting?

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    Your understanding of the sentence is correct. I think the general question of when words can be omitted in English can't be easily answered. – Jonah Sep 22 '15 at 3:42
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Yes, your interpretation of the sentence is correct. People sometimes omit the words that they consider too obvious. The presence of such a word is implied but it isn't included in the sentence. You will find many instances of this in verbal as well as written communication.

As for when to omit, here's a helpful link.

Hope this helps.

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