Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Did you realize...

That you can't contract "I am" unless it is followed by another word? I didn't, until a Lithuanian friend just texted me "Yes, I'm."

The funny nature of language rules: no native speaker would ever break this rule even though probably few people know it is a rule in the sense of being able to state it explicitly.

1 comment:

  1. And it's not enough to be followed by another word, it has to be followed by (the rest of) a predicate. You can't make "I am indeed." into "I'm indeed."


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