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    Default Are those sentences slang, too?

    Hi,

    Are those sentences (the left parts) slang, too?
    Maybe not all of them belong to slang, but I would be thankful if you say which are slang and which aren't.

    1. I'm going to eat. - I am going to eat.
    2. It's time to leave. - It is time to leave.
    3. It's been a while. - It has been a while.
    4. They aren't here - There are not here.
    5. I'd guess he'll lose. - I would guess he will lose.
    6. I've no problem understanding you - I have no problem to understand you.
    7. Don't smoke while driving! - Do not smoke while you are driving!
    8. Y'all are my friends - You all are my friends.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    None are "slang". They all contain contractions usual in spoken English.

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    Just a quick word about "y'all."

    With a dad from the South, I have a latent Southern speech pattern, and although I often say "y'all," it is routinely met with good-natured kidding up here in Yankee territory (the northern states).

    I'd skip that one unless the speaker is from the American South.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    The only real difference between contracted and non-contracted verbs are that they are generally formal and informal, respectively.

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    Thank you for your replies.
    I'm an opponent/enemy of "slang" and "Gangsta English".
    So I can use abbreviations of this type (as in my 1st post) without having a "bad conscience"

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    You bet! In fact, you'll sound a bit unnatural if you never use contractions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    Yes, I believe I would sound like a robot
    I barely write things like "I do not like it".
    Only if I would write a "special" letter (I forgot the true word - formal?) I would not use abbreviations.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Are those sentences slang, too?

    None are slang

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