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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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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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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Question sentences involving negation

(1) Does he not know? (2) Doesn't he know? I don't usually see and hear questions formed in the first style. I was even surprised to know that it is grammatically correct. And actually it is the ...
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Ain't and negatives

I am puzzled with the use of ain't. I know its meaning, and also know it is pretty informal. But I see it used in several ways, some I think of as conflicting. See the following examples I ain't ...
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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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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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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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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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Why don't we contract “it is” in “If it is, then…”

I wrote some instructions for a friend today, asking them to check something, and then act differently depending on the result: It should be spinning when it's on. If it isn't then check the ...
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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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“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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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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what is the difference between 'em and them

What is the difference between 'em and them? I saw my friend writing, Lets Kick'em. But I don't know what it means and if it is correct to use. Could you help me?
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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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Is it uncommon to end a sentence with a contraction?

I tried to persuade X to go, but I couldn't. I came across someone writing a sentence ending in a contraction, similar to the one above, and someone else saying that it's uncommon, and that "but I ...
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“I'll not” vs “I won't” - when is which preferred?

I know these two common contractions: I'll enjoy it I won't enjoy it I wonder: can one use the first one with a negative? I'll not enjoy it. Is this correct? If so, when/how would one ...
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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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Is “don't” considered informal In writing?

Is "don't" considered informal In writing? Originally, I thought that all contractions are informal, but I remember later I saw "don't" also used in formal writings, or am I wrong? Thanks!
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“She would of been a good woman”

"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life." Source: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor This is an quote ...
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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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If Ida Been Here, Ida Been There

I am curious to know what this sentence mean. One thing I may get right, I think, Ida is short for "I'd have". If Ida Been Here, Ida Been There Album by Craobh Rua, native of Belfast, or so I ...
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How had you known?

I caught this dialogue on TV: A: Who was that guy you spoke at the parking lot with? B: How'd you known? The second sentence, as I understand, is a contraction of "How had you known?" It ...