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

    In writing, 'are' is normally contracted only after the pronouns 'you' and 'they'.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    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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    Re: Short forms of verb "to be" for names and nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And 'we'.

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