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Topic: so/so as
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:34:45 PM
Thank you!
Topic: so/so as
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:34:44 PM
Thank you!
Topic: so/so as
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:07:56 PM
"I thought you may publish the news on your site so as she would win" - is the sentence correct?
Topic: It is getting/becoming
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:17:20 PM
Romany wrote:

Hi Nightdream:

"Uncontracted forms" are two words which we use so much they have turned into one word. So: -

It is = its, it's
I am = I'm
S/he is = S/he's
They are = they're
We are = we're

the TWO words become one word.

Say "it is" to yourself. You have to stop after 'it' to pronounce 'is'. Then say "its". It's much smoother, and our tongue is in exactly the right place to make the 's' sound. 'It' slips into 'is' and makes colloquial "its/it's.

So when you asked about "colloquial" language, I said that it CAN'T be "colloquial", no matter how good the rest of the sentence is, because "it is", "I am" etc. (uncontracted forms) are NOT colloquial. "Contracted forms" (its, I'm etc.) are a feature of colloquial English.

Does that make it clearer?



Yes, now it's clear

Topic: It is getting/becoming
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:32:54 PM
FounDit wrote:
nightdream wrote:
Thank you. There are two opposite and conradicting opinions about this use. I do not understand exactly what is "uncontracted forms"


You lost me. I don't know what you mean by "uncontracted forms", or what the contradiction might be.



Romany mentioned some uncontracted forms in his explanation.


Topic: It is getting/becoming
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:44:43 AM
Thank you. There are two opposite and conradicting opinions about this use. I do not understand exactly what "uncontracted forms" is.
Topic: deceive/fool
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:40:57 AM
Thank you
Topic: deceive/fool
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:04:42 AM
What is the difference between the verbs "deceive" and "fool"?

Is 'fool' more colloquial?
Topic: It is getting/becoming
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:03:38 AM
"It is getting (dark/warm/cold/hot)" Or "It is becoming (dark/warm/cold/hot)"?

Is the first example more colloquial? Is the second with 'becoming' acceptable?
Topic: get/grow
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 7:06:44 AM
Then how should it be said: "It is getting dark/warm/cold/hot" or "It is becoming dark/warm/cold/hot"?

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