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A contraction is a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters.

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Contraction of Have/Has/Had

Can I use the contraction after a proper noun? Please look at this sentence. Anu'd been living with her parents and two elder brothers. [For Informal Context]
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Breakdown and understand sentences containing contradictory(or somewhat opposite sounding) phrases

While I was reading today about the items that are sold in a 7-eleven, I bumped into this a sentence(5th sentence from top) like below on this page: Because Twizzlers ingredients do not include ...
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Can you use a contraction on a compound subject?

For example, it is perfectly normal to write "He's going to the store" but would writing "Bill and she've already left" or similar NOUN and NOUN'xx subjects? To me, it seems ...
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Can 's be used to mean was? [duplicate]

Can 's be used as a contraction of was? For example, can "maybe she's born that way" mean "maybe she was born that way"?
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Phonological process triggering <I'on't> for “I don't”

Mostly in AAVE, and mainly in the sentence "I'on't know", e.g. here, here, here, here, and even y'on't. However, I am not aware of which process triggered such a pronunciation. EDIT: A related ...
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How I can use verb 'Wish' correctly?

I thought that verb 'wish' we use to tell another person success or joy, etc. But I saw the sentence: I wish I could, but I don't want to. Here it's being used about my regrets, isn't it? How ...
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Can you make contractions in this way?

Are these sentences grammatically correct? "When you jog is a great time to listen to audio books." --> "When you jog's a great time to listen to audio books." "The way I hear you talk to your ...
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Is “yes” a contraction of “yeah, it is”? [closed]

When I was in school my teacher used to insist that I use “yes” instead of “yeah” everywhere, even in informal situations, because it is the correct word to use. Hence, I grew ...
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Why does the ' in “it's” matter?

I understand that it shows that there is a contraction. This is helpful for understanding for neologism-like contractions, but the contraction of "it is" is so common you just read it the same as its ...
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Does the “a” of “I'ma” extend to other pronouns?

Consider “I'ma do this” (as in “I am going to do this”). How does the a in I'ma extend in usage? Does anyone have any usage where it's used with other personal pronouns? I heard in a song recently ...
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What is this mood and tense of “I have to agree?”

A non-native English speaker posted a comment: "I've to agree." At first, I thought it was a typo, but then realised the expansion "I have to agree" is (seems?) correct. So why is "I've to agree" ...
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Are there examples in poetry of previously being contracted to prev'ously?

I'm curious if there are any examples in poetry of the word previously being contracted to three syllables, by contracting it to prev'ously, or some variant spelling. It would seem that we are keeping ...
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Why does this contraction sound wrong?

My cousin wrote the following today: Never would I've believed. The use of "I've" here, rather than "I have", sounds extremely strange to me. Is it actually incorrect? If so, is there some sort of ...
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Should contractions be used with first names?

I understand that the apostrophe character ' is used to indicate missing characters, e.g. it's => It is. It is commonplace to use contractions in surnames, such as O'Reilly (of), or D'Artagnan (De), ...
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Do native people pronounce “it is on the table” as “ɪt sɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl” or “ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl”?

Sometimes, when I watch American films, I often hear people say "ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl" (it is on the table). I learned in textbook that "it is" can be contracted as "it's" and since "t" is voiceless so ...
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Verb contractions with thou

I know there are a lot of commonly accepted contractions (verb + not): aren't, haven't, isn't, don't, won't, shan't etc. But do the contractions for art not, hast not, dost not, wilt not, shalt not ...
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Will you grab - we'you grab [closed]

I was watching a film with subtitles, and the phrase: "Will you grab her blanket?" sounded like "We'you graber blanket". I'm Ok with "graber", but can we drop "l"-sound in "will you"?
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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What is the Origin of '' 'sup? ''

Sup is a contraction or aphetic of the older term ''what's up?'', Does anyone know how it has originated?
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Is it okay to contract “dog is running” to “dog's running”? [duplicate]

Are the following contractions okay to use: The man's working on the roof for The man is working on the roof The dog's running behind the ball for The dog is running behind the ball
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Can “does” be contracted? [closed]

In conversation sometimes I’ll say something like this: What’s that do? which uses “s” as a contraction for “does”. Is this a “real” contraction, or is it incorrect usage of a contraction?
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Successive contractibles: Example - “It's not” versus “It isn't”

My apologies if this has been asked before. Consider a simple model sentence like It is not good. Is it better to contract the first pair of words as It's not good. Or the second pair as ...
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Why do some early modern English writers use an apostrophe in art (ar't)?

For example, in Verses upon the duke of Buckinghams returne from the Ile of Rees (https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/lessons/lesson1/index.html) the poet spells "art" as "ar't" in the phrase "...
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What is the proper contraction for “should not have” [duplicate]

I’ve been struggling with this one for a while, and it’s something I’ve tried typing/ writing on numerous occasions but it never looks correct in my mind. When speaking, I tend to say “should not have”...
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What is the difference between contraction and elision? [closed]

So, what is the difference between the terms? Is it right to say that elision is a specific case of contraction? Another version I've I ran onto was that these were slightly different terms as ...
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contractions as “half” words? [closed]

There's a quirk that I keep seeing in Worm : Whenever the author wants to draw attention to very short, dramatic statements, he refers to them as being "two and a half words." Examples: I'm ...
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Is there a contraction for non-exclusive or?

I find that often, in technical writing, I want to specify that or is non-exclusive: or ≠ xor; or = and/or. (Stylistically, "and or" is terrible and gets tiresome quickly;) As an example of the type ...
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HAVE (negation, contraction)

Why is (1) considered correct, but not (2) ? (1) This would have been such had it not been for... (2) This would have been such hadn't it been for... P.S.: Besides, should there be commas as ...
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Can contractions always be used to replace their original words? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how "I am" can stand as a sentence but wondered why "I'm" doesn't sound right. I kind of came to the conclusion that noun-verb contractions (ex. I'm, they're, it's, she'll) can't ...
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Can you use two contractions in a row in a sentence? [closed]

Can you use two contractions in a row? For example, could you say, "Let's don't do that"?
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Why does “there's” work as a contraction for plural items? [duplicate]

While writing recently, I came across a situation where a character said: There's a lot of chandeliers in here. When editing, I realized that I wanted to have the sentence sound more formal, and ...
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Can the contracted form of “will” be used after “and”?

Is it correct to write: hope you enjoyed the demo and'll consider the idea Or I must all the way use the entire word for "will" in that phrase? Thank you in advance for clarifications
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How is “iff” different from “if”

So I just discovered iff thinking it was a typo. But after looking it up and reading other answers on here it is a valid contraction of words if and only if. Much like XOR in a mathematical domain. ...
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Is “this'll” considered proper English?

I understand that certain words when used over time are then embraced into the English lexicon. Is "this'll" one of those words? Examples: This'll do. This'll stay in place. As an insert, ...
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If “I Will!” vs “I’ll!” [duplicate]

I told my friend “Enjoy your coffee.” and she answered “I’ll!” It took me a second to realise it was “I will!” Why is the first one wrong and the second version not? I know it’s wrong but I don’t ...
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Is it wrong to use use contractions of have when not for the purpose of forming a past tense sentence? [duplicate]

For example, I believe the following to be acceptable: "I've had no issues in the past with this client" However, the following is what I'm unsure of: "I've $16 in my bank account." I've ...
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How to negate the double modal construction “might could” (and others)?

I have relatives from the southern U.S., and they often use double modal verbs in their speech, like "I might could go to the market". I understand that this isn't considered standard, but it got me ...
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The total opposite (contradiction) of Infallible

I am looking for a word that means "can do no right" Fallible is not the word I am looking for since that means "can do wrong"
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Apostrophe instead of the first sound. Where do I read about it?

What sources are there about rules for such contractions in American English when the first sound of the word isn’t pronounced. There’s an apostrophe or something like this instead. F/e, the ...
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Using brackets in quotes: You['re] vs [You're]

Quick question, if the original quote is "You are..." but I'm attempting to combine the two words, would the correct way to use brackets be: a. [You're] (entire word in bracket) b. You['re] (...
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Can I use “they'd” as in “they'd many cars”?

I'm writing a poem so perhaps it doesn't matter, but I also want to know if you'd easily understand what I mean.
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Is ‘don't do’ ungrammatical/redundant? How about ‘don't <verb>’?

‘Don't’ is a contraction of ‘do not’, and ‘do’ is a verb meaning ‘to perform/execute’. Strictly speaking, then, are these two common constructions ungrammatical? a) ‘Don't do this/that.’ Since it ...
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Contraction of would

In casual speech, can you contract "would you" to "dju" in questions like these: What'd you like to drink? What flavor'd you like?
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Contraction “-'dn't” from formal English “would not”

Can "wouldn't" be reduced to the clitic -'dn't when attached to any other pronoun besides y'all, such as she'dn't or you'dn't? (Appearing for example in "y'all'dn't've" from formal English "you all ...
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“do you have” pronounced [djuv] d'you've

I hear contraction d'you've from "do you have" quite often, broadly [djuv], yet google throws back no result for such a phonetic word. I'd like to know how it's orthographically represented. For ...
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Is it me or does Grammarly have it wrong: “Your” vs “You're” [closed]

My friend and I are having a debate whether the following is wrong your saying Grammarly is wrong and your smarter. since it's the wrong your. But Grammarly seems to not pick up on it, is it ...
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Bain't = be not

Please read the passage taken from "A Few Crusted Characters" by Thomas Hardy: According to Wiktionary, "bain't" is the contracted form of "be not" and it is a British dialect. Therefore, the ...
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“one bottle (of) water”

I've seen a photo of a sign, from a site that I believe is a hiking route in the US, warning about extreme heat. It reads WARNING! Extreme heat Minimum 1 bottle water per person No sandals ...
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Should contractions like “'til” be capitalized in a title?

Should contractions like "'til" be capitalized in a title, when in the middle of a title? What if the "'til" is the first or last word? An example of this is the album "Dog Party - 'Til You're Mine" (...
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British English plural verb for group noun in a contraction

I'm curious about the use of the famous British plural verb form with a group noun¹ in a contraction. The general custom for the plural is discussed here and here but those don't call out contractions....

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