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    I'll: One Word or Two

    Is this sentence correct: "Three words: I'll do it!" Is "I'll" considered one word or is it considered two words since the apostrophe is taking the place of "wi" in "will?"

    "Three words: I'll do it!"

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    "Four words: I'll do it!"

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Quote Originally Posted by Ataylor View Post
    Is this sentence correct: "Three words: I'll do it!" Is "I'll" considered one word or is it considered two words since the apostrophe is taking the place of "wi" in "will?"

    "Three words: I'll do it!"

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    "Four words: I'll do it!"
    Four words IMO.

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    I would count it as three words.

    If the word count is important, Microsoft Word also counts "I'll" as just one word - that could make a difference if a document has to have a maximum number of words.

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would count it as three words.

    If the word count is important, Microsoft Word also counts "I'll" as just one word - that could make a difference if a document has to have a maximum number of words.
    I wouldn't count Microsoft as an authority on anything.

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would count it as three words.

    If the word count is important, Microsoft Word also counts "I'll" as just one word - that could make a difference if a document has to have a maximum number of words.
    It's not surprising that Microsoft Word counts it as one 'word', as there is no empty space within it. I assume it would also count 'xb297' as one word.

    I wouldn't count "I'll" as one word or two words; it's a contraction of two words.
    So my answer is that there are two words and one contraction.

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't count Microsoft as an authority on anything.
    Nor would I, but if you're given an assignment and it has to be done in Word, then the people marking it will look at Microsoft's word count.

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Thanks for the replies, everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    It's not surprising that Microsoft Word counts it as one 'word', as there is no empty space within it. I assume it would also count 'xb297' as one word.

    I wouldn't count "I'll" as one word or two words; it's a contraction of two words.
    So my answer is that there are two words and one contraction.
    So how, then, would you construct the sentence? "Two words: I'll do it!" Or can one not construct such a sentence as it is grammatically incorrect without saying, "Two words and one contraction: I'll do it!"

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    When we finally reach a conclusion, I'll have to let my father know what it is. When I was an obnoxious teenager who wanted to go out, I would ask him over and over "Can I go out?". He would say "No" over and over. I would keep saying "But please....all my friends are going!" etc etc.

    The conversation regularly ended with the following from my dad:

    "I have three words for you - YOU'RE NOT GOING!"

    I guess I should let him know if "You're" suddenly doesn't count as one word any more!!!


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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    Quote Originally Posted by Ataylor View Post
    Thanks for the replies, everyone.
    So how, then, would you construct the sentence? "Two words: I'll do it!" Or can one not construct such a sentence as it is grammatically incorrect without saying, "Two words and one contraction: I'll do it!"
    I'm not sure what the practical point of the question is. But I would say 'Four words: I will do it!'
    or if appropriate, 'Two words: I will.'

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    Re: I'll: One Word or Two

    A contraction is considered one word where I come from.

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