Can’t complain…

In the November issue of Speak Up (Everyday Dialogues, page 60) I found the expression “Can’t complain.” How is this possible? I was under the impression that the pronoun (in this case “I”) must always be included in English. Is this  a “typo” or is it a rule that is no longer valid?

This is an example of the differences between formal and informal English. Technically, a verb in English should be accompanied by a pronoun (or subject) and it is different from Italian in this respect, BUT in informal English, the pronoun can be dropped.  This is usually in phrases like this: “Can’t complain” and “Don’t see why not.”

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