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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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Is 'if there's any' grammatical in this sentence?

Is if there's any grammatical in the sentence below? I'll need to look up Huddleston and Pullum's opinion on this issue, if there's any. The source is the last sentence of an answer on this ...
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Definition of “ Wan't ” [closed]

I was having fun in another stackexchange when I found this sentence : I wan't a plausible explanation why farmers can't out-compete the hunter gatherers. Context is here : https://worldbuilding....
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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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Using “gonna” instead of “going to”

he did say he is going to be late ( I know this a correct ) But can I use instead of "is going to be late": he did say he is gonna be late
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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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How to understand this sentence if it contains “nor” without “either”?

Unprotected passwords weren’t compromised nor were payment cards as the latter weren’t stored on the affected system.
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“This gift's for you” to mean “This gift is for you”

Is it grammatically correct to write: This gift's for you meaning "This gift is for you"? Some say that I can't use 's in this way after a noun. After a noun it would be considered as ...
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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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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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Meaning of: “I kinda hit it and quit it and left ya'll hanging” [closed]

Today, while I was listening to a song (Fort Minor - Welcome), I heard the following sentence: I kinda hit it and quit it and left ya'll hanging One of the meanings I found w/ Google translator: ...
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can we contract “The dog across the street is big.” to “The dog across the street's big.”?

can we contract "The dog across the street is big." to "The dog across the street's big."? I think we can't because I felt weird when saying "The dog across the street's big."
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Negative interrogative contractions

My question is about the -wh question words usage in a negative question (in bold below). Why he doesn't open the lights? Why doesn't he open the lights? Is there a difference in meaning? If not ...
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Is “'ve to” instead of “have to” correct?

I need your help. So, "have to" instead of "must" is correct, but can I abbreviate this with 've to? Is this a mistake, or can I use it so???
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What is the meaning of “spec'd” in “That will ensure that the input is not driven to a non spec'd value”?

Somebody was teaching me electronics over the internet. I don't know if he is a native English speaker or not. He said: "To see more realistic effects, try using a clamping diode from the non ...
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What is the difference between I'll and I will?

What is the difference between I'll and I will? what is the difference between apostrophe words and non-apostrophe words? When can I use I'll?
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I'm gonna listen it or I'm gonna TO listen it?

What is the correct way of the following two options? 1) I'm gonna listen it 2) I'm gonna TO listen it
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“I'd better” or “it would be better”?

I wrote the following question in another StackExchange website: If I want to save and retrieve an object, should I create another class to handle it, or it would be better to do that in the class ...
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The reason to write “o'clock”

What does mean or why we write the letter "o'" with clock? Is there any letter instead of the apostrophe?
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Is it “it is”, or is it "it's? [closed]

My English teacher says to use "it is" instead of "it's" and "do not" instead of "don't" because it is more formal. For example, I can say I have a toy plane, and it is blue. Do not touch it. or ...
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“They are never” or “They never”?

Which one is correct in English language? For example: Oh no, they are never gonna stop! or Oh no, they never gonna stop!
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using contracted negatives

He did not only teach at school, he also wrote novels. In this sentence, should we use "didn't" instead of "did not"? Is it natural or common? Thanks a lot.
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Is this usage of abbreviation of “it is” correct?

I just complimented a user on how quickly he answered my question, upon which he replied: A lot of it's luck, really. I'd definitely not write it like that. Although using contractions quite ...
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“A little something something”?

This is about something as in "something something" and what I perceive to be variations thereof : (1) [word] something something [word] (2) [word] somethin' somethin' [word](3) A little something ...
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is this subject repetition incorrect or just inelegant?

the incriminated sentence is the following, from this article. Notice the repeated "it's": The company is planning to introduce its SUV Model X next month, it’s designing its Model 3 car, it’s ...
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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 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 “soon's”?

From novel To Kill A Mockingbird: I'd soon's kill you as look at you. What is "soon's" short for? I had found a similar sentence would as soon do something as look at you So as soon as can be ...
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Emphasis: don't vs. do not; aren't vs. are not

I feel depending on where I put "not", the nuances of the sentences are quite different. When we put "not" next to a verb, it is likely to put more emphasis on negative meaning. I don't do many ...
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Can I contract “Where are”?

Can I contract "Where are" to "Where're"? Even if it's not wrong, it's unusual?
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How to use “not” and “don't”

While I was talking about the difference between two people or things, I tried to shorten the contrast by using not and don't and to this moment I don't know whether what I do is grammatically correct ...
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“Forecastle/fo'c's'le/fo'c'sle” - number of apostrophes and do you have to contract with speech?

The question is about those two spellings for fo'c's'le / fo'c'sle (that is with two or three apostrophes) to identify missing parts for the word forecastle: (M-W. (2 only), AmDotEL (3 only), Collins ...
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What is the tense of “it's supposed to be”?

For example, I just cleaned the desk an hour ago and it is dirty now. It is not what it's supposed to be. What is the tense of "it's"? Should it be interpreted as "is" or "was"?
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Possessive 's VS is 's

I'm a teacher and every time that it comes to teach possessive 's VS is 's, students get confused and can't distinguish them. For example: Rita's brother's name's John. They can't understand ...
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About English practice for writing in forums

As French, I'm used to see that most of the time elevated language is not used when writing in French forums: it's often preferred to speak short. Not surprisingly it appears that the same applies to ...
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Using ('s) for “is”

Can I write name then using ('s). For example Janny's 18 years old?
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Ain't = have not [duplicate]

Can you give me some examples where "ain't" is used in place of "have not". According to Oxford Dictionary, ain't=am not,is not,are not,has not,have not.
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Contractions - i will and it would

Can i contract "it will" and "it would"? Seems very hard to pronounce. Event if it is possible is it widely used?
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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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“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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“Let's just say” expression clarification [closed]

I am wondering what the 's in the let's just say... expression is. Is it "let us just say"? I doubt it is the to be verb, because it doesn't make much sense, does it?
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Does this contraction exist in English?

I was wondering what I could do about the problem I'm having with my big right toe. What's seems to be the problem? If there is such a contraction, what is it? What has seems or what is seems? ...
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Factors governing the avoidance of contracted forms such as we're, I'm or didn't and wouldn't

I am looking for a comprehensive lists of the factors that govern the avoidance of contracted forms such as we're, I'm or didn't and wouldn't and so on. So far I have found (personal impressions): ...
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When the contraction can't be used

Accidentally I've come up with a sentence where the contraction cannot be used, here it is: *I can't tell you how excited I'm. Obviously, any other sentence with similar structure (i.e. having a ...
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What are the rules for use of contractions?

I am a native English speaker. I've noticed that there seem to be very strong rules about when to use contractions, but I haven't seen these rules enumerated anywhere. For instance, I think nearly ...
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help me make sense of the following sentence

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/know-bad-russia-start-hoarding-063454177.html The ruble has sunk 19 percent this month to 61 per dollar even after posting a 10 percent rebound on Wednesday ...
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Can I ask “Is not he calling me”? [duplicate]

"Is not he calling me?" "Isn't he calling me?" Why is #1 not correct while #2 is correct? And what about the below: "Is he not calling me?" Does #3 always mean the exact same thing as ...
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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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A number with contraction - is it valid?

While contractions go without any doubt with words, I wonder whether they are okay with numbers/digits too! Are these valid contractions? USD 80'll be paid by me GBP 1000's not a small amount ...
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“Your” vs “You are”

Many times I have come across the word your. People use it instead of you are I guess so. Is it a mistake or has it another special meaning? Now I do not have the exact context but surely I will add ...
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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 ...