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Questions tagged [contractions]

A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements.

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Can the expanded form of {don't/doesn't} be used as 'correct English'?

I know it may not be very common, but I need to use it in its expanded form (i.e., do not and does not) for a formatting issue. For example: X does not see any logic in your reasoning. X: is ...
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Is the contraction who'd more common than that'd and what'd?

I started wondering about this after doing the following experiment on Google: "who had arrived" (2,200,000 results) "who'd arrived" (233,000 results) "that had arrived" (8,140,000 ...
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Are double contractions formal? Eg: “couldn't've” for “could not have”

Are double contractions, such as following, formal (ie allowed in formal documents/papers)? it'll've for "it shall have" or "it will have" mightn't've for "might not have" How about multiple ...
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What is the issue about “You are welcome” and “You're welcome”?

Recently, I came across a comment where a native English speaker stated that it is not "you are welcome" but "you're welcome". It was a side-comment as the original post wasn't about their difference; ...
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What tense is this: “Why'd you make him live all those years alone?”

In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife: "Why'd you make him live all those years alone?" What tense is that? Grammary suggest me: Why'd you made him live all ...
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Can we say or write : “No, it'sn't”?

I know we can answer either : No, it's not No, it isn't But is it accepted and understandable to write : No, it'sn't What about saying it ?
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Is “this is the man who stolen my car” grammatically correct?

I had this in my last english exam and I had a to choose between 4 answers "this is the man (who-whose-who's-which) stolen my car" "who" is the only answer which makes sense to me although I think ...
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Are “We've all” and “we all have” the same?

i had been reading a paper but i haven't understood a paragraph. Can you help me? paragraph as follows "We've all left meetings feelings good about what we discussed only to later wonder why so ...
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The meaning of “I'd 'a' plum got him,”

Inside, Buckley found Bud Dawson utterly ignoring a bullet wound in his shoulder, while he feelingly wept at having to explain why he failed to drop the "blamed masquerooter," who shot him. At the ...
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When can we use short forms of be?

It’s clear that we can say we’re, they’re, he’s, she’s. However, when the subjects are not subject pronouns, can we use short forms of be? For example, can we say: My dad’s washing the car. ...
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Are contractions and/or slang used in English exams and tests? [closed]

Are all those correct uses in English or is it just for explaining and not correct for writing on tests or exams? Would it sound more fluent to write Ex, Y'all, I'll, They're. instead of ...
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What is the full form of 'won't you?' [duplicate]

In an example sentence like: 'Sit down, won't you?' What is the full form of that sentence without contraction? Is it 'Sit down, will you not?' cause we can't say 'Sit down, will not you?'
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Can we write was and were in the form of contraction?

Can we write for example "We were waiting for you" in this way "We're waiting for you"? and if we can how to differentiate between the past and present in these sentences?
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What do 'er and patch 'er up mean?

What does the contraction 'er and the phrasal verb patch 'er up mean in the following text: This section will cover a lot of ground and your brain may meltdown a few times, but don’t worry, that’s ...
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Is this usage of contraction correct and if so is it natural?

I've wrote the following to a friend. A consequence of my brain tumor was that my sense of taste's almost completely gone today. I can't help feeling that I should have written "...sense of taste ...
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Are there contractions for past tense of lexical verbs? (was and were)

For present tense (declarative) of lexical verbs (to be) we have contractions for all pronouns: (I am = I’m. You are = you’re. He is = he’s. She is = she’s. It is = it’s. We are = we’re. They are =...
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Using contractions correctly in Grammar like the word “weren't” when asking a question

Are the two example questions correct or is there a rule that applies when using and not using contraction words? "weren't you able to log into your online account?" "were not you able to log into ...
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We got a PM who’s [sic] 93 years old

while @elmoehussaini posted: “We got a PM who’s [sic] 93 years old. We got a Team of Eminent Persons to repair the economy who are of 60 years old and above. I guess the “I’m too old for this s***” is ...
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How does one pronounce I'd've?

I think it's the first time I've ever seen a double contraction like this: "That’s, let’s be optimistic, a 30 to 50 mile radius at least in which we are the only two people left. I can’t even ...
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He's worried himself sick about his daughter

He's worried himself sick about his daughter. In this sentence, Is either He's [He is] or [He has] ?
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Want To vs Wanna

What is the difference between both? When should I use Want to and when should I use Wanna? I was wondering if there is the correct way - gramatically speaking - depending on the situation, or if ...
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“Do you like movies, do not you?” Correct?

In writing, contraction should be avoided, right? However, I feel strange to see "do not you" instead of "don't you". I wonder if native speakers use "do not you" in writing instead of using "don't ...
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Agreed or agree?

I often meet on Interntet forums the following exchange: A: (some proposition) B: Agreed. Why "agreed", not "agree"? Is it a contracted form of "have agreed" or the past simple? Is the form "...
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Think somebody + adjective

Is this sentence from a movie grammatical? I thought you overqualified. The construction "think someone adj." strikes me as odd. Explanations/examples?
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where can I use aren't?

where I have to use aren't ? can I use "aren't" when I'm talking about clothes? example; " aren't this blouses a little expensive?" is it right?
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“needn't be answered” and “not needed to be answered”

Is there a difference or a grammatical mistake in this two sentences? All the questions needn't be answered All the questions are not needed to be answered
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“This's” instead of “this is”

Is it popular to contract "this is" to "this's"? Or is it better to keep the full form? This's where we'll go tomorrow. Or This is where we'll go tomorrow.
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“here's it” versus “here it's”

Which is correct? Weird is hard to spell. Here's it spelled correctly: weird. or Weird is hard to spell. Here it's spelled correctly: weird. In conversation, both seem acceptable, but on paper ...
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In the expression “There's got to be some” what does the 's stand for?

I wrote: "Not at all." I kissed her slim curled lips. "There are very few things I want to do that doesn't include you." "There got to be some." A native speaker told me that I needed to ...
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Double contractions

Natives, what's the PDE grammar around double contractions like "couldn't've", "mustn't've" "shouldn't've" or "needn't've"? Are they in use in formal or informal English and in spoken or written ...
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“Is” instead of “are” with many

In spoken English I often hear a contraction of Why is used with many+plural noun. Is that acceptable informal language or should it be avoided? Why's there so many books on the table? instead of Why ...
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“Why do you not give” Vs “Why do not you give”

Are they, both sentences, grammatically and semantically acceptable? Why do you not give him your flesh and your bones? Why do not you give him your flesh and your bones?
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Contraction of were as 're

Is it okay to contract were as 're? I was not here when you're saying I'm sorry. Is it okay? Or at least okay for informal use? Also, should I use quotation marks with I'm sorry
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Using “is” contraction for common nouns

I found this question in a grammar textbook while studying for an exam. This is the sentence: “Whatever the justifications/justification’s for your attitude…” Circle the correct answer. The correct ...
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Negative deduction

In grammar books, it is written that you can use "cannot" or "can't" for negative deduction like: 'Susy cannot stay at her mother's house because she is in hospital.' I know that this works for ...
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Is it ok to short words more than one time, like I'ven't?

Actually I have this question for long time. As I started to use contracted words like I've , it's, you're (verb with subject), and due to habit of shorting verb+not like haven't, isn't etc, ...
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“Aren't” instead “am not” for first person singular

I often notice that instead of "am not" the "aren't" version is used and I wonder if that is truly acceptable. What confuses me is that in school we were taught that the short version of am not is amn'...
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Contraction in present perfect

I'm a bit confused when I use the contracted form of present perfect. Do you write like this? My house's just been built. Or you write like this: My house has just been built. Which one ...
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Can he's always be used instead of he is? [duplicate]

The word he's is a contraction of the words he and is. If I want to use the contraction to say I'm a better driver than he is I should be able to say/write I'm a better driver than he's, but that ...
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“USA” vs U.S.A." [duplicate]

I have noticed that we write 'USA' not 'U.S.A'. But why? It is the contracted form of "United States of America" so there must be dots but there are not. Same for MLA, AD and BC. But when it comes to ...
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“Do never…” vs. “Do not ever…”

I am just arguing with my friend if the phrase "do never something" is totally wrong compared to the phrase "do not ever something". And is "never" a contraction of "not ever"? Is it okay using "Do" ...
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<'d> contraction — is it short for “would” or “had”?

I found this sentence: She asked if I'd had a good time on my holiday I'm not sure if 'd is the short form of would or of had. Is there any criteria (for an English language learner) to ...
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“I've not” vs. “I haven't” — is one preferred?

I sometimes see teens type: I've not... Instead of typing: I haven't... What can you say about it?
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His/Her name's with name and surname

Can I use his/her name's with name and surname or only name? For example: His name's Robert Lewandowski. Her name's Taylor Swift. Is it correct?
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Contractions and their unabbreviated forms in sentences

I was wondering why some contractions in sentences don't make sense in their unabbreviated form, such as "why don't we do something about it" versus "why do not we do something about it"
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is “I'll” correct as a short answer?

A basic example: -Hey, will you be at the party this Friday? -I'll A guy I know does that all the time and I can't convince him that this isn't correct... or is it? For me it just sounds stupid ...
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Is willn't ever used?

He willn't go there tomorrow. He won't go there tomortow. Do people use "willn't" our days?
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When can't we shorten It is to It's

I have noticed that in some cases people write it is while in others it's. And in some cases you just cannot write it's. Is that your book over there? Maybe it is. It's a beautiful flower. Yes, it is,...
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“…which I did.”, “…but I'm not.” - are they correct?

I've been wondering, are structures like the ones mentioned in the title considered correct? Is it perfectly fine to use them, or do they sound overly colloquial? Let's focus on the three examples: ...
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Why is “… how it's to be a child” incorrect?

It is easy to forget _________ to be a child. (A) how it`s (B) what it is like (C) how is it (D) what does it feels like The answer is (B). And I know (C) and (D) have grammatical errors. ...