I don't see this getting used quite often, but is it alright to use chain contractions in essays, reports, letters, documents, etc.?

I shouldn't've'd eaten that doughnut.

They'll've a doughnut face if they don't stop.

Oh boy, y'all'll be punished for mistreating that doughnut!

It doesn't break any laws, does it?


No it's not alright. Unless it's a character's dialog in which case pretty much anything goes.

That said,

  • shouldn't've'd
  • They'll've
  • y'all'll

shouldn't be used anywhere, as it's not clear what words those are short for.

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  • Yep, that's what I thought - thanks for the response. – Wicdz Mar 4 '15 at 4:09
  • What do you mean? What could "y'all'll" be short for besides "you all will"? – herisson Jul 7 '15 at 20:48

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