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    Forming contractions

    Is there is contraction for who are?

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    Smile Re: Forming contractions

    Quote Originally Posted by dminjarez View Post
    Is there is contraction for who are?
    Yes, there is - who're.


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    Re: Forming contractions

    Thanks! I thought so, but that doesn't look right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dminjarez View Post
    Thanks! I thought so, but that doesn't look right.
    Sorry to disagree. It doesn't look right because it isn't right. You can't make a contraction out of who are.


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    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    Sorry to disagree. It doesn't look right because it isn't right. You can't make a contraction out of who are.
    Oh really?

    WHO'RE YOU?- New York Post

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    Smile Re: Forming contractions

    All present tense forms of the verb be are flexible to be used in contractions, even if they seem hard to pronounce:

    there're



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    "Who're is a spoken form of 'who are'." (my italics)
    Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition - Thesaurus. (online)

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    This is the first time I have seen 'who're' written, it looks ridiculous and is completely unnecessary.

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    Re: Forming contractions

    'There're' falls into the same category.


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    Re: Forming contractions

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    All present tense forms of the verb be are flexible to be used in contractions, even if they seem hard to pronounce:

    there're

    -We're not talking about whether or not am, are, is can be contracted. Even a beginner knows they can. What we are talking about is whether or not who can ordinarily be followed by a contraction in its written form.

    -there're is not hard to pronounce: /šerə/
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