di_glossia (di_glossia) wrote in linguaphiles,


English has many contractions that can be used in everyday speech such as isn't, hasn't, couldn't, wouldn't, he's, she's, they're, etc. German uses contractions as well for prepositions and articles such as im, beim, ans, aufs, zum, übers, zum, etc. Both languages use an apostrophe when a sound is removed or changed: heut', goin', werd', havin'. From what I know of French, it contracts definite articles with nouns, prepositions with articles, and nouns with verbs, among others. Arabic, however, uses contractions much, much less frequently than these languages.

Obviously, different languages use contractions differently. So I was wondering if you could answer a few questions about languages other than these four that you are familiar with: Are there common contractions in your language(s)? Do they tend to have a quality (negative, positive, neutral) to them? Is there a special symbol used to show that these words are contracted? Is this symbol always used or, like German and French, is it used for some instances and not others (or am I wrong and English does this, too)?

Thanks in advance!

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