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  1. Anonymous
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    grammar

    can the mark ' be used after the subject I?

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by arun
    can the mark ' be used after the subject I?
    It's called an apostrphe. It's very common to use it after the personal pronoun "I". For example, I'm using it now. OR I am using it now. It used frequently in English for contractions, e.g. can not = can't

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    There are only a few contractions using I: I'd, I'll, I'm, and I've.

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  4. Willbut
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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by arun
    can the mark ' be used after the subject I?
    It can be used in the contractions RonBee has given, but it shouldn't be used in formal English. I'd never use a contraction in a letter or piece of professional writing like a report or in any academic writing. It's fine in emails that aren't formal or on a forum like this, but elsewhere, I'd stick to the full forms.

    BTW, 'I'd' can be either I had + past participle or I would + infinitive without 'to'. And do remember the old exam trap 'I'd better', where it is 'I had', while in 'I'd be better...' it is 'I would'.

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