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When is it grammatically correct to create a contraction of words followed by “is”?
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My family was having the discussion after finding this (or something similar) in a book:

The store's too far away.

Since this is being spoken, we're unsure whether it's proper English or slang.

marked as duplicate by Callithumpian, Matt E. Эллен, James Waldby - jwpat7, RegDwigнt Apr 29 '12 at 15:24

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    "For the record, slang is 'very informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language.' Contractions [...] are informal, sure, but they are also ordinary, and so are not really slang." — from the top answer to this related question. – RegDwigнt Apr 29 '12 at 15:24

It's frequently found in spoken English, but you wouldn't use it in formal writing unless you were writing dialogue. Is that how it appears in the book you were reading?

  • I think this is wrong. NOUN + 's is no more informal than any other contraction, so any writing form that admits contractions in general should allowthis. – JSBձոգչ Apr 29 '12 at 17:19
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    My impression is that -'s for is or has is rarer than -n't for not in written English. – Henry Apr 29 '12 at 18:02

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