Is it correct to use the contraction in Your file'll be downloaded...? I don't know. It just doesn't sound right to me. English is not my first language, so maybe someone here could shed some light on this issue.

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    This question would be better suited to our sister site, English Language Learners.
    – p.s.w.g
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 12:41
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    "file'll" is understandable if spoken but it's not really good written English. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 13:37
  • Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/113980
    – J.R.
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 14:57
  • It wouldn't even be spoken; it's not a valid contraction. Contractions are to save phonetic effort, and two L's in a row is more difficult to pronounce instead of easier. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:40

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The construct is an awkward one, due to the absent (contracted out) vowel, but entirely legal.

Native English speakers know to insert a schwa in place of the absent vowel when speaking.

As noted elsewhere, though grammatical this particular contraction should perhaps be avoided.


It's an acceptable contraction as it makes grammatical sense.

However, given the assumed context (a message on a website?), I would personally avoid it and go with "Your file will...".

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