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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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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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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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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Can you use contacted forms like “ 've ” without joining them to a noun/pronoun?

Is a sentence like this fine, maybe in spoken English: "I love these films and books, 've seen and read them multiple times". Do you have to add a noun, or at least use the full form "have"?
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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Will you not, or Will not (won't) you?

When asking someone questions about the future, would you ask Will you not? or Will not (won't) you? For example, of    1. Will you not go to school today?    2. Will ...
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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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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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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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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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“You are” vs. “you're” — what is the difference between them?

“You are” vs. “you're” — what is the difference between them? I get confused between the two a lot. I want to understand how to use them appropriately, because I hate making mistakes.
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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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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 do I use contraction in sentences like 'My brother and I have got a lot of toys'?

My question is as follows: is it grammatically correct - I would like to be referred to reliable sources - to contract such like subjects and the main or auxiliary have: My brother and I have got a ...
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How to choose a proper contraction “it's not” versus “it isn't”?

I'm aware that both it's not and it isn't are contractions of the same phrase, it is not. Till today, I was convinced that choosing them depends on desired emphasis. This way, choosing it's not ...
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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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Use of “shan't” in speech

Let's assume that someone says, "I shall do this" to me. As a response or a teasing way, Can I use, "You shan't..!" ? Well, I used this once - when a friend of mine replied: "Huh?" Is it OK to use "...
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“mightn't have” and “might not have”

In American English, are "mightn't have" and "might not have" both often used in speaking and writing? How about "couldn't have" and "could not have"? How about in British English? Thanks!
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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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Can we use “there is” for plural nouns?

Is the following correct: There's a sofa, two armchairs, a TV and a big cage for our parrots. Or should we change it to: There's a sofa, there are two armchairs, there's a TV and a big cage ...
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There's vs There are

For example: There's two options here or There are two options here I hear a lot of people say the first line (or something similar), but isn't that incorrect? Isn't it plural and therefore ...
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Is there any short form of “am not”?

We use short forms for verb + not like isn't, aren't, hasn't, won't, wasn't etc. But I haven't seen any short form used for am+not. So, I want to know if any short form exists for am not. Note: In ...
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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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“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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“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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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 Let us = Let's?

Many times I heard these words interchangeably. I want to know if "Let's" and "Let us" are used for the same meaning. I think (for me): "Let us" is word used for requesting. Like Let us do something ...
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What is a plural of “To-Do”? “To-Dos” or “To-Does”?

Say I have a list of "To-Do" things. I want to mention them to someone, so I doubt on how to call it: 1. I have many "To-Dos" for today 2. I have many "To-Does" for today 3. I have many "To-Do'...
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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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“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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“Isn't it?” Vs “Is it not?” [duplicate]

In the spoken English I used to hear to people who ask "Isn't it?" while it is apparently supposed to be "Is it not?". What is the explanation for that? Is it a mistake or there's an explanation for ...
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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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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'...