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    native speakers help: will - 'll

    Native speakers please help!

    Is it possible to use the short form 'll with nouns (or is it used just with pronouns)?

    Is it wierd to say/write this sentence: "Robots'll replace teachers".

    Thank you very much!!

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    Re: native speakers help: will - 'll

    As with all contractions, "robots'll" is perfectly acceptable in speech, so long as it fits the natural rhythm, but should be avoided in expository writing. Write "robots will".

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    Re: native speakers help: will - 'll

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    Native speakers please help!

    Is it possible to use the short form 'll with nouns (or is it used just with pronouns)?

    Is it wierd to say/write this sentence: "Robots'll replace teachers".

    Thank you very much!!
    Never, never write it, please!

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    Re: native speakers help: will - 'll

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Never, never write it, please!
    You can use this in conversation when you use a person's name.

    "I'm coming and Sam'll be coming with me."

    "I'm sure of that and my wife'll bear me out."

    "Judith'll be bringing the cakes."

    And so on.

    buggles(not a teacher)

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    Re: native speakers help: will - 'll

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    You can use this in conversation when you use a person's name.

    "I'm coming and Sam'll be coming with me."

    "I'm sure of that and my wife'll bear me out."

    "Judith'll be bringing the cakes."

    And so on.

    buggles(not a teacher)
    That is the point about contractions, they are the way we speak. They are not really meant to be written, except in literature or poetry etc.

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    Re: native speakers help: will - 'll

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    That is the point about contractions, they are the way we speak. They are not really meant to be written, except in literature or poetry etc.
    Agreed!

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