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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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condescension and can

We can talk about modal auxiliary verbs in terms of such logical notions as ‘permission’ and ‘necessity’ but, this done, we still have to consider ways in which these notions become remoulded by the ...
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Is contracting "I have not been" as "I've not been" idiomatic?

Is it idiomatic to contract I have not as I've not instead of I haven't in the present perfect? For example: I have not been to Canada. As I've not been to Canada. He has not ridden a camel. As He's ...
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It's because vs It was because

Let's say someone asked me why I couldn't make it to his party last night. Which response sounds more natural? It's because I was sick. It was because I was sick.
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She is as intelligent as I or as I'm [closed]

Let's look at the following sentences. He is better than I'm.(Than is used as Conjunction) =>He is better than I. =>He is better than me.(Than is used as preposition). We've dropped 'am ' from ...
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Can I use "ain't" in this context?

I have this original sentence: I have never been to that supermarket across the street. I would like to add the informal term "ain't". How do I integrate it in? I ain't never been to that ...
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Why is this usage of "I've to work" so awkward?

I'm a native speaker but I saw a sentence on an internet post that started If I've to work without (some resource) ... I had to read it a couple times before I read it as If I have to work without ...
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How can you contract 'I could'?

Is it possible to contract 'I could'? Can 'I'd' be used for 'I could' like for 'I would'? Or, if 'I could' can't be contracted to 'I'd', can it be to 'I'c'd' (but it should be "I c'd" and ...
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Are some contractions more OK than others depending on formality of the text in English?

As a general rule of thumb, the more formal a text is, the more one should avoid using contractions – and vice versa. But if a certain text is informal enough to allow contractions, is it better to be ...
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Word count with contraction such as Let's [closed]

In various situations it is desired to count the number of words in a statement. For example, in dictation practice for learning to type. So in a phrase such as "Let's go Brandon" how would ...
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what is the full phrase of the contraction zeal's

I saw the following below while I was playing the game name Chrono Trigger Zeal's advances stem from a new energy source. What is the full phrase of the contraction word Zeal's in the following?
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"There's," is only for singular subjects [closed]

"There's," seems a lazy way of saying, "There're," when the object is plural. In recent times, two words, February and instrument, have kept their spelling, but newly are allowed ...
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isn't going anywhere vs. [pronoun]'s not going anywhere

he's not going anywhere has 49,600 results. he isn't going anywhere has 5,650 results. (I performed a similar search in a private library, and the difference was more or less the same.) Is the second ...
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Is it stylistically wrong to use only "I'm" and "It's" in their contracted forms in a text in which there are no other contracted forms? [closed]

I have written a number of texts. They are not formal texts, but are aimed for language learners. In all of these texts, I have used "I'm" and "It's" while all the other forms such ...
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What does whatcha mean?

In casual conversations, does whatcha mean any one of the following three options depending on contexts? = what are you ▶ Whatcha gonna do? = what have you ▶ Whatcha got? = What do you ▶ Whatcha wanna ...
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Have or 've? When can we not contract "have"?

When is it not possible to use the contracted form of have? Can I contract have in this sentence? My parents have just arrived
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Which is correct and why? "How can I not...?" or "How can't I...?"

How can I not know this? How can't I know this? Which one of the two sentences is correct? Or maybe they are both correct, but different in meaning.
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Why does "Don't you Dare" equal "Do not you dare"?

"Don't you dare" makes grammatical sense but why does "Do not you dare" not make grammatical sense?
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Is the following "what's" contraction similar to these other cases?

What's he doing? Is this "what's" contraction the same as: What's his last name? What's the last time he showered? Why or why not? I ask because the first sentence sounds a little ...
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Aren’t I? vs. Am I not?

I am a good man, aren’t I? I am a good man, am I not? The first sentence is often used. According to grammar books, the second sentence is also correct, but it is rarely used. Can native speakers ...
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Let's be printed the matter

Let's be printed the matter. This sentence is wrong and it sounds odd. But grammatically what is the error in this sentence? Is there any specific format for Let's? I have read on a website that &...
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Is it common to use contractions with names

Are contractions commonly used with names in informal speech? for example Bob'll be here soon Bill'll be here too Mary'd find your joke amusing And also, I find some contractions difficult to ...
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The preference for "may be" ot "maybe" after the conjuction "― and"

My dad turned around and stared at us, his fear confirming that something wasn't right ― and maybe even very wrong. One student struggles to understand the sentence especially in a bold part. - and (...
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What does “gonna go” mean precisely? Is it the same as “going to go”?

Recently, I have come across the phrase "gonna go". What is the difference between all these sentences? I am gonna go get some ice cream. I am going to go get some ice cream. I am going to ...
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When can you use a contraction, and when can you not? What are some examples of longer contractions?

For example is but I don't see how's that relevant grammatical? As for longer contractions, many of the ones that I've found on the internet don't seem to be legitimate. For example: mustn't've ...
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Should I use "am" or "I'm" after already saying "I'm" in a sentence?

For example, "I'm looking forward to attending, and am excited to join" vs. "I'm looking forward to attending, and I'm excited to join."
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Does 'I'm pregnant with nobody' have a contradiction?

Does 'I'm pregnant with nobody' make sense? I try to express I have no baby growing in the uterus.
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Is "shouldn't it" equivalent to "should it not" in American English?

I have noticed that some Americans write "shouldn't it" in sentences. For example: Why is the dog outside, shouldn't it be inside? Is this correct grammar in American English? Because I ...
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What does the question imply?

What does Ron's question sound like it implies? A or B? “Wait, you were busy and were going to reply?” A: "Wait, you were going to reply after all? I thought you for sure missed my message” B: &...
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"I was thinking you might’ve missed my message"

I have a question regarding the use of “might’ve” Here I was thinking you missed my message. vs Here I was thinking you might’ve missed my message. Would there have been any difference between using “...
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Contractions on a negative sentence in present

More specifically I'm talking about the present simple and continuous, for example I know you can answer a yes/no question whose answer is negative like this: Is he in college? No, he isn't. Are ...
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Short forms of "be" and "have"

Are the short forms of verbs "To be" and "To have" common in written English? For example "She has a baby" is probably more common than "She's a baby" in both ...
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Why can't I contract "it has" sometimes?

Why can we contract "it has" to "it's" in some sentences but not others? For example: Why is this correct It's been moved (It has been moved) this incorrect It's four legs (It ...
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Can I use had in sentence for future time? For example "We'd be fee." Is this a simple future or simple past?

Can I use had in sentence for future time? For example We'd be free. Is this a simple future or simple past?
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Using 's when saying something 'is'

I've just said to a friend "That cloud's looking very dark". And apparently that's not correct. He said "it's" is allowed as an abbreviation but "cloud's" is never "...
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Correct contraction with to be (not)

If I say: You are not Julie, what is the correct contraction? You're not Julie You aren't Julie
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Use contractions with common nouns

Although there you can find the below example on the website of Cambridge, I had a feedback from an English teacher telling me that the two contractions in bold in the second sentence are wrong. What ...
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Can I use apostrophe s to shorten "is"?

For example, I'd say: The interview's on Monday. Is that grammatically acceptable?
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Can you contract WILL with nouns in informal writing / speaking?

I'm considering writing the following in an email to a friend. I'm sure the exam'll be easy. But it just sounds wrong to me, even in an informal setting....
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Weak and strong "You're"

Dictionaries list two pronunciations for you're, a weak pronunciation and a strong pronunciation. In which situations do we use the strong version of you're /jɔːr/, and in which situations do we use ...
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Contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s

How do we form the contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s, for example: Thomas is playing football next Sunday. Can we write Thomas' playing football next Sunday. How does ...
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Why do we add an apostrophe to "gon'"?

English is not my native language, and I keep trying every day to develop my skills in it but I saw a new word of gon' instead of gone. And I keep wondering: why do we add an apostrophe to it? ...
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Is 'yet's' "yet is" in "the fact that they haven't caught him yet's one hell of an achievement"

"Hard to help a boy who's vanished off the face of the earth," said Dirk. "Listen, the fact that they haven't caught him yet's one hell of an achievement," said Ted. "I'd take tips from him ...
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“I’ve a cold” vs “I have a cold”—are both correct?

Would the sentence “I’ve a cold” be correct? I’m wondering if contractions can always be used in place of the original words.
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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Is contraction obligatory in negative interrogative sentences?

I know that a verb and "not" are usually contracted when together in a negative interrogative sentence. Example: Aren't they lovely? Is it grammatically wrong to avoid the contraction? Example: ...
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Spelling for the spoken contraction of "on the" [closed]

When "on the" is spoken very fast they are connected, contracted, forming a connected-speech. Even knowing that this contraction doesn't exist in English, how could it be written to reflect the ...
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Amy has had many different jobs : contraction

Can we contract the sentence Amy has had many different jobs to this one? Amy's had many different jobs
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When "he's gone" means "he's dead", is it a contraction of "he is" or "he has"?

I have seen this a lot in movies. When a man dies, another person goes near him, feels his pulse, and then says in a sad voice: "He's gone". Is this a contraction of "he is gone", or "he has gone"? ...
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Are contractions discouraged in formal writing? [closed]

I remember reading something long ago that says people should avoid contractions in formal writing. I wonder whether that is true. And by formal writing, I mean specifically the four types: (1) ...
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Can one use a contraction in a question?

a) Why are you trying so hard? b) Why you're trying so hard? Is you're (b) an acceptable contraction form of are you (a) when I want to keep the sentence in a question form? Is there another ...
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