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In conversation, more than 70% each of uses of "be" and "will" are contracted, about 55% of uses of "have", and only about 15% of uses of "would". In fiction, the figures are about 45%, 50%, 10%, and 5% respectively. In news reporting, they're about 10%, 5%, 5%, and 1%. In academic writing they're about 1% each, or ...


Contraction of “be” is very common in informal writing and speech. AmE only contracts “have” as an auxiliary verb, not as a main verb, whereas BrE contracts both uses. Contractions are usually avoided in formal writing and speech.

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