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Can "am" be left out altogether?

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Consider:

Nowadays I'm using the TrueHolder coffee-holder in an Audi 80 and missing those extra binding-forces.

(Audi 80.)

According to "Can “am” stand alone?" it can be:

Nowadays I'm using the TrueHolder coffee-holder in an Audi 80 and am missing those extra binding-forces.

Is the first sentence (without "am" in the dependent clause) acceptable?


Context, near "Nowadays". (Less contrieved than here, although I do own an Audi 80 B3). New context.

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donald remero [ Moderator ]

No. The first example is non-standard. It is grammatically faulty written language.

Colloquially, you might hear this left out, but it would NOT be due to custom or idiom, rather simply due to the errors, elisions, and shortenings that live speech is prone to exhibit.

The correction is correct.

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peter mortensen
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Remero: thanks. I have now changed it at the source.

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