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From a tutorial (Transcript)

He is --> He’s They will --> They’ll Do not --> Don’t But which words can you make contractions from?

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I understand the rules of contractions. I'd just like to know whether I should singular when talking about just one occurrence.

For example,

He is --> He’s

should I say

make a contraction from "He is"

or

make contractions from "He is"

Is what I get, "he's", the contraction?

Are there any other expressions clearer and more natural could be used here?

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    Which words can you make contractions from? is "ugly, awkward" phrasing that most native speakers would avoid, and I don't think any alternatives to make (form, construct, create,...) would be much better. I'd rather ask something like Which words can be contracted? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 18 '20 at 12:02
  • I agree with Monica. Morphology could be applied in case if the context becomes verbose and rather fuzzy. – Alex TheBN Jun 20 '20 at 23:04
  • @AlexRaw Thank you. Does "Morphology" here mean a branch of linguistics? – RobertH Jun 20 '20 at 23:37
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I'd just like to know whether I should singular when talking about just one occurrence.

Since we are taking about one specific contraction here, we will use the contraction.

should I say

make a contraction from "He is"?

That doesn’t sound natural.


Consider these:

What is the contraction for “he is”?

  • The contraction for he is is he’s.

What is the contraction for “do not”?

  • The contraction for do not is don’t.

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