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    Question Should I use an apostrophe for slang contractions?

    Hello,

    I am writing a lyric sheet for some finished songs. I want to write exactly what was recorded not what is grammatically correct.
    I can't determine if I should be using an apostrophe or not. Here are some examples:

    The works hard = the work is hard. Should it be written as - the works hard or the work's hard

    My left sides hurt = my left side is hurt. Should it be written as - my left sides hurt or my left side's hurt

    Lifes known as absurd = life is know as absurd. Should it be written as - lifes known as absurd or life's known as absurd.

    I think that I should consistently be using an apostrophe in these situations but I could be wrong. Could somebody let me know what the correct way to write this is?

    Are there any rules for determining what I should do?

    thank you,
    Frank

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    Re: Should I use an apostrophe for slang contractions?

    Hi Frank,
    Continue to use the apostrophe to show the contracted form of "is."

    The work is = The work's
    My side is = My side's
    Life is = Life's

    I would add that these are not "slang contractions" but extremely common used at every level of spoken English and omitted only in the most formal types of written English.

    {not a teacher}

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    Re: Should I use an apostrophe for slang contractions?

    Agree with Barb....

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    Re: Should I use an apostrophe for slang contractions?

    Hi

    I agree with Barb as well, and here's the rule:

    An apostrophe replaces a letter:


    1. the work is hard / the work's hard <' replaces i>
    2. my left side is hurt / my left side's hurt
    3. life is know as absurd / life's known as absurd.

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