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    • Join Date: May 2006
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    Contraction - You're.

    Hi Tdol, you aren't picky at all. In fact, thank you very much for helping, but could you kindly explain a little more as to why the contraction at the end of a sentence doesn't work. Honestly, I have never heard about this "rule" before.

    Hi BobK, thank you, too, for your help. I should have thought about dropping the "are" in the first place, or as you put it, making it disappear entirely

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    Re: Contraction - You're.

    Hi cleung
    .
    Generally speaking, you should not end a sentence with a contraction of a verb and a noun or pronoun.
    (I'm, you're, he's, she's, it's, we're, they're, I've, you've, we've, they've, I'd, he'll, etc.)
    .
    You cannot say:
    Do you know who I'm?
    .
    Instead you say things such as:
    Do you know who I am?
    Do you know how many kids John has?
    Can you tell me where they are?
    Yes, I will.

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    Especially in spoken English, you'll hear sentences such as these ending with a contraction of have and another verb and/or the word not:
    => Now that you mention it, I think he must've. (...he must have done that)
    => You shouldn't've!
    .
    It's OK to end a sentence with a contraction of a verb and the word not:
    => No, he isn't.
    .
    Last edited by Philly; 22-Oct-2006 at 08:09.


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    #3

    Re: Contraction - You're.

    Thanks very much, Philly, for your great help.

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