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"I am" after and?

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I'm trying to find a way to force Windows to reboot and running into issues.

Should it be the following or is it all right as it is?

I'm trying to find a way to force Windows to reboot and I am running into issues.

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donald remero [ Moderator ]

The fundamental problem here is the correct rendition of the verb phrase, which, in this case, includes the main verb (the present-tense, first-person, singular form of "be," which is "am") and the present participle ("running").

If the subject ("I") is repeated to form an independent clause, the correct formulation is:

I'm trying to find a way to force Windows to reboot, and I am running into issues.
[Note use of comma + conjunction for independent clauses.]

If the subject is not repeated, thus forming a dependent clause, the correct formulation is:

I'm trying to find a way to force Windows to reboot and am running into issues.

So, you are correct the first example in the question is definitely a malformed compound sentence. But the problem does not have as much to do with the subject as it does with understanding what the verb itself actually is, which in this case is "am running."

You can think of this as being similar to the infinitive of form of English verbs, which in this case would be "to run" -- here, as well, we have essentially two words creating one verb.

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