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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 “-'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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Did people say “you're” instead of “you are” before they wrote it that way?

Is the contraction of words like "you're" a product of the way people talked, or did people start saying "you're" (and similar contractions) out loud because of it being spelled that way? I started ...
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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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Limitations on the creation and use of contractions

I want to start by warning anyone reading this that I am searching for a serious answer to a stupid question. I don't know if there is an answer or not, but I truly am after serious thought. My ...
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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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Can I use contractions with any words? [closed]

I was wondering whether something like "How long've you been playing?" or "A preparation'd've helped" is correct or whether I can only use those contractions with personal pronouns...thank you for ...
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Why does the contraction “she's” mean she is or she has? [closed]

I saw this from globalnews.ca: Molly Johnson on the album she’s always wanted to make When referring to google ngram, I get 3 possible combinations of she's: She 's She's She has So my ...
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What does “I'za” mean?

I saw this uncommon contraction a couple of days ago. The sentence read something like I'za stupid farmer boy, but know a thing or two about computers. What does the contraction really mean? Is ...
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Correct expanded contraction for I'd

I am using NLP with machine learning to expand contractions on some sentences. I the outputs I am getting a sentence that I am not sure that is right. The sentence with contraction is: I'd better ...
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Why isn’t “It’s” a complete sentence, but “It is” is? [duplicate]

I’m a native English speaker, so I understand that It’s. is not a complete sentence, whereas the sentence It is. is a complete sentence. What linguistic mechanism prevents “It’s.” from being ...
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Is there another way to write the possessive -s?

I have a question regarding the possessive. Which one of the two is correct? Caroline's car Caroline her car Or are they both correct?
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“wanna” at the end of a sentence

I'm not a native speaker. A pupil wrote "wanna" at the end of a sentence: You can go if you wanna. It sounds odd to me, as if something had to follow wanna (as opposed to want to/ want, which ...
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Is “whom's” a valid contraction?

Who's is valid, as in Who's going? (Who is going?) So surely whom's should be valid, as in Whom's he invited? (Whom has he invited?)
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Ain't and gotta [duplicate]

I have a sentence below: You ain't gotta believe me. In this sentence, If i'm not wrong, Does ain't mean have not? and Does gotta mean got to? So, it means You have not got to believe me. I'm I ...
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“It has it's reason …” [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? It has it’s reason why it has to be happened”. Tried to check it on Google but its not there. I just need to clarify if this statement is correct for the quotation ...
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Origin of the irregular contraction of “not”

All the contractions seem to follow some sort of logic: they place the mark between the words, and leave only the part of the sound that is predominantly heard ("I will" -> "I'll", "you have" -> "you'...
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Should I use contracted forms in scientific presentations?

In a scientific paper am I right in believing that one would write “it is” instead of “it’s”? In a scientific presentation, would one use contracted forms like “it’s” instead of “it is” or is ...
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Which demographic of English speakers say “I've to” for “I have to”?

In a forum I frequent there are many times that contractions are used in a way that's unusual, and many users find to be ungrammatical: "I've to" etc. To me it's not ungrammatical but it sounds both ...
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Did Old English (Anglo-Saxon) use contractions?

German uses contractions a lot, including im (in+dem) and zum (zu+dem) to name a few. As an Old English learner, I wanted to know if there were any attested similarities. My research hereto has ...
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Is there a contraction for 'who are'?

Is who're an actual contraction of 'who are'? Are you able to contract 'who are'? Thank you.
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Is D-glottalization a plausible explanation of ambiguity in Donald Trump interview with WSJ?

On Jan 11, The Wall Street Journal published an interview with President Trump that contained the following phrase: With that being said, President Xi has been extremely generous with what he’s ...
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“Its” or “it’s” in “Getting Over It's IMPOSSIBLE PHYSICS!” [closed]

While browsing through YouTube, I came across a video titled “Getting Over It's IMPOSSIBLE PHYSICS!” which references to a new game titled “Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy”. My question is, ...
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Why do many authors, when narrating a dialogue taking place in another language, use no contractions in English? [closed]

I have been reading a book lately in which the entire family speaks Vietnamese, but in order for the reader to understand, the dialogue is in English. However, it is written formally, with no ...
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Negative contractions in a question

I know how negative contractions are used, and that they're all pretty straightforward in informal writing. Didn't she go to the opera with you? Weren't you a pastor before, Jacob? Can't we get ...
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When do you use “what'd you say” and when do you use “what d'you say”?

In informal writing you can say: "What'd you say" or "what d'you say?" When do you choose the former or the latter? Which one is more common?
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Rule for not using a contraction in this sample [duplicate]

1) Your item has been shipped. Me, "It has?" 2) Your item has been shipped. Me, "It's?" What is the rule for not using the contraction in the second example?
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“'ve” contraction in Canadian and Australian English

I'm wondering if in Australian or Canadian English you can use " 've" before a noun phrase in informal style: I've a car. They've a great time. The question is somewhat related to this one. The ...
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Do an abbreviated word have to be enclosed by the apostrophe?

been searching for a while now so: When omitting parts of words with an apostrophe, do it have to be enclosed by the word? A good example that helped me answer a few of my own questions was: Using ...
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Double contraction possible with possessive noun + is?

Can one shorten, in informal writing, a phrase like “Smith’s is the best among the ones I’ve seen” to “Smith’s’s best among the ones I’ve seen”, using double ’s contraction? I myself doubt it’s ...
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Future negation with two statements using “won’t” [closed]

I have a question about future negation using won’t. So, when I have a question that contains two parts connected by and and I want to make it known that those things both will not happen. So for ...
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Is when're a proper contraction of “when are”? [closed]

I've seen that no contractions are used in formal writing. I believe "when're" tries to represent spoken casual English when it would sound like "when-er". Is "when're" ok in an informal text? For ...
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Can I use contractions on multiple nouns like this?

Can I use contractions when I want to apply them to multiple nouns? I want to say this: Sally and I will go to the beach. Can I say this? Sally and I'll go to the beach.
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Life or Life's in this quote [closed]

_______ too short for bad beer! Is it life's or Lifes? Apostrophe s means ownership,(which doesn't apply here) but life's is a contraction for life is ??? Which is correct? Please and thank you!
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What’s the difference between “she is worked” and “she has worked”? [closed]

Sometimes she’s means she has but sometimes it means she is. How can I find the difference between these two identical sentences so that I can understand which of the two possible contractions was ...
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Why are expressions like “gonna”, “wanna” and “shoulda” American English?

As Etymonline suggests, the use of “a” meaning “have” in expressions like “should have” (shoulda), “could have” (coulda) and “would have” (woulda) were almost standard usage until the 17th century: ...
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Isn't “there're” a contraction for “there are”? [duplicate]

Aw, don't be silly. Well, I think so. So we'll say, "There're books in the library." We can also say, "We know there're not lots of foods or drinks in the library, but only books."
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so we're going to /soʊ˞ g/

in the following video (2:53) the initial part of the sentence "so we're goint to cut" is reduced to /soʊ˞ g.../. Could you confirm this? https://youtu.be/7EnWiGYT1g4
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The use of “don't” for “doesn't” in 19th century England [duplicate]

I've noticed the use of "don't" in place of "doesn't" in upper class dialogue in Georgette Heyer's historical romances, which take place around the regency of George IV (1811-1820). For example, the ...
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Proper use of the contraction “don't” in questions [duplicate]

I was reading a fantasy novel and I came across this piece of dialogue: Don’t you know what a Conquest Knight is? And the main character replied by nodding his head. But this confused me because ...
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Is there a standard poetic contraction for “holiest”?

Is there a standard poetic contraction for the word "holiest"? I wish to contract it to two syllables, such that it reads "HOLE-yist". Should this be spelled "hol'est"? Or even "hol'iest"? Would ...
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What's the difference between a contraction and a conjuction? [closed]

The way I've always learned it, or at least reverse logiced, is that a contraction is the shortening of one word by removal of syllables, for example, "o'er" (over), or occasionally just a hard ...
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Using Contractions and Conjunctions

I'm wondering about starting a sentence with a contraction while use a coordinating conjunction. Here is an example: I'm sorry you're hungry, Adam, and would like to feed you. Would this sentence ...
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Use of contraction for I have where have is used to denote possession [duplicate]

"I have" can be contracted to "I've" when the "have" word is used followed by an action or experience. For example, "I have been there" can be contacted to "I've been there" Is the same valid for the ...
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Should I meet uniformity regarding using/avoiding contractions? [closed]

Which of the following is the most accepted rule regarding contractions (such as doesn't, isn't, ...) in academic formal papers? Never use contractions. If you use contractions once in a paper, ...
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Is “all'l” a suitable contraction?

I was wondering, can I contract "all" and "will" into "all'l"? Is it generally accepted, or is it more of an obscure contraction?
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Is 'Night an acceptable informal variant of “Good Night”?

The spoken use of "night" as an informal, familiar version of "good night" (wishing one a restful sleep) is common, but I'm not sure what the proper written equivalent is - if there is one. I have ...