Re: CHAT: which's
|From:||Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 18:17|
Emaelivpaer Muke Tever:
>But I think the restraint against /Ss/ prevents "which is" from ever
>contracting at all.
T'emaelivpar John Cowan:
>"Which's" is never acceptable in standard English. [snip examples]
>But the right thing for non-native speakers is simply never to use it.
Personally, I'm a contraction-happy sort of person, especially online. If
I'm not careful, I'd've had "'cause 'cept 'specially" in my postings here,
which's a bit of an overkill. ;)
I think it just depends on context. If you look at my log files of IM
chats, there are contractions everywhere. The more grammatically "proper"
I'm trying to be -- such as when writing less-spoken-English-like e-mails
-- I'll try to weed out some of the less standard contractions.
"Which's" would count as very informal in my book, but still acceptable.