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    Default Short forms of verb "to be" for names and nouns

    I have a question. Can I use the contracted form of "be" after names and nouns?
    Is it possible if I say "My parents're teacher", New York's in the USA, "My sister's a doctor".
    I look up in the dictionary and see that they use "Mary's upstairs". I am confused and dont know when it's possible to use contracted form of "be"
    Please help me. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Short forms of verb "to be" for names and nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoenguyen View Post
    I have a question. Can I use the contracted form of "be" after names and nouns?
    Is it possible if I say "My parents're teacher", New York's in the USA, "My sister's a doctor".
    I look up in the dictionary and see that they use "Mary's upstairs". I am confused and dont know when it's possible to use contracted form of "be"
    Please help me. Thanks!
    Yes, it is done. "Teacher" should be "teachers" -- there are 2.

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    Default Re: Short forms of verb "to be" for names and nouns

    In writing, 'are' is normally contracted only after the pronouns 'you' and 'they'.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Short forms of verb "to be" for names and nouns

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    In writing, 'are' is normally contracted only after the pronouns 'you' and 'they'.
    And 'we'.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    And 'we'.
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