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Old 05-01-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Default Question about Contractions (Not the birthy kind!)

Look at what forum this is in. This is not a pregnancy related thread!

DD and I were going over spelling words yesterday. The list was a bunch of contractions. I got really confused over a few of them.

We'll, you'll, and they'll.
I could not figure out if they were We will, you will, and They will, or if they were we all, they all, and you all.

Which is it?
Contractions are informal anyway, so I always say or write out "y'all" in informal settings, so I can't imagine saying 'you'll" for "you all". That is what threw me off.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: Question about Contractions (Not the birthy kind!)

I believe those would be "will."

And yes, "you all" is never (IME) shortened you'll it's y'all!
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: Question about Contractions (Not the birthy kind!)

Yes the first - the wills. Only in the suth is there the you all contraction
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: Question about Contractions (Not the birthy kind!)

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Look at what forum this is in. This is not a pregnancy related thread!

DD and I were going over spelling words yesterday. The list was a bunch of contractions. I got really confused over a few of them.

We'll, you'll, and they'll.
I could not figure out if they were We will, you will, and They will, or if they were we all, they all, and you all.

Which is it?
Contractions are informal anyway, so I always say or write out "y'all" in informal settings, so I can't imagine saying 'you'll" for "you all". That is what threw me off.
Contractions by definition are a linkage of either a subject and verb or a verb and an adverb. There are no contractions (except 'yall' ) that are a linkage of two nouns.

Ex. Subject+auxiliary (helping verb): I'm, You're, They'll (i am, you are, they will)
Ex. Auxiliary (helping verb) + adverb: won't (will not), haven't (have not)

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