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No, I've never sounds like If, not even in this contraction. However, the contraction does make the v sound disappear or melt together with the following f, just like a d does when followed by a t: I'd take it. and more generally, when a "soft" consonant is followed by its "hard" counterpart: web project bedtime fog computing give feedback quiz star


It is quite common to use "as for me" in English. However, using it at the beginning of a sentence would only make sense if it is a follow-up, alternative, or response to something someone else has said (usually, to mark contrast with another person's opinion). "He prefers hiking and surfing. As for me, I would rather just stay at home and relax"


It means I am not embarrassed to say that I do not understand (or know the meaning of X). In the example given, the Candidate is saying that she or he cannot answer the question until the questioner defines the term. This could be sincere, or it could be a hedge to avoid answering the question (or a setup to quibble about an uncomfortable answer).


can we reply “I think so” to an interrogative sentence? I think so.


Yes, we can (quoth Obama). Even though I would guess nearly everyone automatically adds in the yeah/no at the beginning, you don’t actually need it if you don’t want it there. The answer is perfectly fine without it. In casual speech, we tend to start off with a yes or no when answering a yes/no question quite by reflex, as evidenced by the game where ...


I think the point is (is) that there's a distinction between a preliminary noun-clause ending in "is", as in the first example below and which is correct, and a preliminary noun-clause that is complete prior to the iteration of the word "is", as in the second example below. My sense is that this section category is incorrect. What the message is, is that ...

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