Are contractions commonly used with names in informal speech?

for example

  1. Bob'll be here soon

  2. Bill'll be here too

  3. Mary'd find your joke amusing

And also, I find some contractions difficult to pronounce with names and use the full form instead. Is it actually not that hard?


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Yep, it's common to use (some) contractions with proper nouns. Native speakers use them all the time. In your first two examples, the 'll is usually pronounced uhl ([əl]). Also, you don't have to use contractions if you find them difficult to pronounce. Both the contracted and uncontracted forms are correct. And no, it's not hard for native speakers but it might be for non-natives at first.

Here are some examples from Cambridge English Dictionary [emphasis mine]:

  • My sister’s got married. = My sister has got married.

  • John’ll be very happy. = John will be very happy.

  • Thanks for the comment! I have another question: how to pronounce 'Bill'll'? I just say 'Billlll'. Should I make a pause between 'Bill' and " 'll "?
    – adik
    Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 6:08
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    @adik: Bill'll is pronounced Billuhl. No, there isn't any pause between Bill and 'll. (The uh is the schwa sound [ə].)
    – Void
    Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 6:10

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