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    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    + the BE "shan't" for 'shall not'. However, I must say that I can't remember the last time I heard it. More and more, 'shall' is restricted to questions and formal language, where the contraction would be less likely to occur.
    I last saw shan't in Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone :wink: I also found the contraction If I'd've known in Rowling's book and I was kind of puzzled because I believe this is difficult to pronounce, isn't this?
    I don't really think so. I would say "if eyed-uv known" if I would say that. However, "If I had known" seems more likely.

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    I also found the contraction If I'd've known in Rowling's book and I was kind of puzzled because I believe this is difficult to pronounce, isn't this?
    I don't really think so. I would say "if eyed-uv known" if I would say that. However, "If I had known" seems more likely.:)
    If I'd've = If I had have known. :D

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    Is there an astrophysical equivalent to a grammatical contraction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Is there an astrophysical equivalent to a grammatical contraction?
    Astrophysics and grammar?

    :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Is there an astrophysical equivalent to a grammatical contraction?
    Astrophysics and grammar?

    :?
    Nature has no boundaries. The universe contracts and expands. Is there an astrophysical comma? :D

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    I thought the universe was only expanding. For the past few billion years anyhow.

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    The only astrophysical punctuation I know is *.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The only astrophysical punctuation I know is *.
    :D * :D * :D * :D

    You're always very ka-wa-ii, which is Japanese for cute; literal English translation, pathetic like a kitten, which is not the meaning I intended, by the way. I like the Japanese meaning cute, adorable, better.

    :D

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    Ohayou gozaimasu

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Ohayou gozaimasu
    Actually, it's 9:30 pm on the 31st right now. So, kom-bam-wa! Good evening. I don't now how to say Happy New Year! in Japanese. I'd ask, but everyone's asleep. I live in the countryside, doncha know.

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    It was morning yet in ol' Landan. Have a happy new year.

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