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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. -- AA


michael poxon <m.poxon@...>