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    "Here I am" sounds good; "Here I'm" sounds really strange. Why?

    I've told my ESL students that I'm has the same meaning as "I am". But the other day I came across this (written by someone from Spain): "Here I'm if you need me." Sounds really strange, right? It has to be "Here I am if you need me."

    Also ... Where's my book? Oh! Here it's. (But "Here it is." would sound perfectly OK.)

    Also ... Are you the teacher? Yes, I'm. (But "Yes, I am." again sounds fine. As does, "Yes, I'm the teacher.")

    Is there some general rule as to when the contraction should not be used?

    Thanks, Bob

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    Re: "Here I am" sounds good; "Here I'm" sounds really strange. Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobESL View Post
    I've told my ESL students that I'm has the same meaning as "I am". But the other day I came across this (written by someone from Spain): "Here I'm if you need me." Sounds really strange, right? It has to be "Here I am if you need me."

    Also ... Where's my book? Oh! Here it's. (But "Here it is." would sound perfectly OK.)

    Also ... Are you the teacher? Yes, I'm. (But "Yes, I am." again sounds fine. As does, "Yes, I'm the teacher.")

    Is there some general rule as to when the contraction should not be used?

    Thanks, Bob
    The simple answer is that a contraction like this can't be the final word in a sentence or a clause.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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