14 Answered Questions for the topic contractions

07/01/19

Why/When need some kind of short spelling or pronunciation?

In regular usage, nowadays we use short spellings of words in speaking or writing. For example: - They are in the cinema. => They're in the cinema. - We have been waiting for me. => We've... more

06/26/19

Why did common contractions become common?

Examples: > Real life isn't like that, y'know. > > Y'all are awesome. > > I dunno why. > > Where'd you go? This is my theory: these phrases/sentences have been said so... more

06/25/19

Usage of "ain't" in formal conversation?

Is it okay to use *ain't* in formal conversation? I know *ain't* can be used for *am not, is not, are not, have not, has not.* So if I can use it in day-to-day life, it will be easier for me I guess. more

06/25/19

Why did common contractions become common?

Examples: > Real life isn't like that, y'know. > > Y'all are awesome. > > I dunno why. > > Where'd you go? This is my theory: these phrases/sentences have been said so... more

06/23/19

Grammatically correct sentence where "you're" and "your" can be interchanged?

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where... more

06/17/19

Is "could've" or "should've" standard English?

As the title says — is "could've" or "should've" standard English or is it slang and should correctly be spelled "could have" and "should have"?

06/07/19

I know "of" sounds like "ov". Does "I've" sound like "If"?

I was studying connected speech and I read when we say for example >I've finished my homework we pronounce the *'ve* and *f* in *finished* as only one sound. Is it only in this case or... more

04/23/19

Should the use of apostrophes be consistent?

It is time to rock, but don't be too loud. Is it recommended to stay consistent with the use of apostrophes? Should it instead be: "It's time to rock, but don't be too loud." If that is fine either... more

04/21/19

What is the meaning of りゃ in this phrase?

I came across this phrase while reading an interview. > そういう時はなんて答え**りゃ**いいんだ。 I think it means "At a time like that, such a reply/response is good." But I don't understand the usage of りゃ. I... more

03/28/19

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... more

03/27/19

Pourquoi : À la une ?

Pourquoi dit-on, en parlant de la première page du journal:> À la une.et non pas> À l'uneAlors que l'on dit : > À l'unité.> À l'une ou à l'autre.> ...

03/15/19

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... more

03/14/19

Grammatically correct sentence where "you're" and "your" can be interchanged?

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where... more

03/13/19

Est-ce qu'écrire « ça » au lieu de « cela » est si grave que ça ?

Je sais que *ça ne se fait pas* d'écrire « ça », mais j'ai peine à situer la gravité de son utilisation. « Cela » me semble souvent être trop formel, voir sonner faux.

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