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MoltenZoltan
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:08:29 PM
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This is my first topic (actually, it's just a question)!

I want to write the sentence "There is the number".
Can I write "There's" instead of "There is"?
Is that a proper contraction?

Thanks.
MZ
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:42:54 AM

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Yes, you have used it correctly. It is generally used more in speech than in writing, however. The exception would be writing in the vernacular, the way people speak.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:39:38 AM
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I know I'm banging an empty drum here, Foundit, but I have always been confused by the fact that many people think that ALL written communication should be written out with the full forms.

I know you specified an exception (writing in the vernacular). But in ordinary terms of writing emails or instructions or responses etc...it reads very stiltedly and erects a kind of barrier to use uncontracted forms: it doesn't seem like sincere communication when people write "There is" for "there's" or 'it is' for 'it's.

I agree that with very basic learners we speak with precision and employ the uncontracted forms...but once past the basic stage, when they KNOW that "it's" is how we say "It is", I hear/see this enforced formality as the hall-mark of a second-language learner, or someone not very familiar with the written word.

WHY would anyone learn "There is the number" when they are never likely to hear it said?
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:03:04 PM

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You are right, Romany. I didn't explain myself very clearly on that topic.

I should have said "there's" is very common in speech and informal writing. It would likely be only in very formal writing, or ESL, as you said, that it would be used in its non-contracted form.

With the exception of me...d'oh! When I am writing here on the forum, and trying to think, and write, as clearly as I can (and obviously not always succeeding), I tend to not use contractions. So no one go by my example...Anxious

John Javier
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:36:48 PM

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'thank you all
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:09:26 PM
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But at least I don't remember you ever telling people that contractions were "sloppy"!! Which is an oft-repeated stricture.
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:27:28 PM
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Romany wrote:
WHY would anyone learn "There is the number" when they are never likely to hear it said?


Or rather, when they're never likely to hear it said...
Romany
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:49:24 AM
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Aud. Well caught, sir!
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