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    Dear native English speakers and English teachers

    Please, can you help me with the following:

    We seldom use short forms after names and nouns. Peter has got a book. = Peter's got a book. The children have visited London. = The children've visited ...

    So do you use such structures or not???
    e.g. Peter'll go to the cinema, I think.
    Our teachers've told us not to cheat.

    Is it not more common to use short forms after pronouns only??

    Thank you KP

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    Default Re: short forms

    That's a great question!

    I would also like to hear some answers from teachers and native speakers.

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katerina.pata View Post
    We seldom use short forms after names and nouns. We do use some, as in your example: Peter's got a book.

    The children've visited ... Not common in writing, but you'll hear it - though there will be short vowel between /n/ and /v.

    Peter'll go to the cinema, I think......Our teachers've told us not to cheat.

    Once again, not common in writing, but you'll hear them, with the short vowel.

    Is it not more common to use short forms after pronouns only?
    A lot depends on the final sound of the noun and the sound of the contraction itself. As many pronouns end in a vowel sound, it's easy to follow them with a contracted form.

    Paul's .....Paul'll
    X/? .....he's .....he'll ......there'll ?
    Mary'd left .....Fred'd left X/?
    There's .....There're X/?
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    Mr Fivejedjon

    Thanks a lot for such a great explanation!!!!
    I really appreciate it!!
    Have a nice evening. KP

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