Contractions vs. full forms...

Douglas Bigham TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Thu Apr 4 01:07:10 UTC 2002

Can anyone direct me toward research concerning the grammaticality of
contracted forms vs. full forms?  For example:

There's two white cars in my yard.  vs. *There is two white cars in my yard.
?I suggest that you're early tomorrow. vs. *I suggest that you are early

Of course these are non-standard for "There are two white cars..." and "I
suggest that you be..." but the contracted forms are also acceptable to my
(and alot of people's) ears while the full forms are not.  So, yeah, has
anyone worked on this before?

Douglas S. Bigham
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

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