He'd've

Discussion in 'The Green Room' started by Talkahuano, Jun 20, 2011.

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Does he'd've work?

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  2. No

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  1. Talkahuano

    Talkahuano Second Flame Lieutenant

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    As in "I know he'd have done it [he'd've done it] had he been paid for it."

    Is this an acceptable contraction?
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  2. Uncle Albert

    Uncle Albert Part beard. Part machine.

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    That many apostrophes makes it look like you're trying to type in Klingon.

    I thought it was a legitimate contraction, but my spell checker doesn't like it.

    :shrug:
  3. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    :yes: Acceptable for casual writing. Wouldn't use it in anything formal, though.
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  4. Ward

    Ward A Stepford Husband

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    Yeah. That's the thing. More formal writing makes for more stilted construction. I didn't think it was wrong, necessarily, just not something you'd use in every circumstance.
  5. Diacanu

    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    Go for it.
    Fuck the czars of fashion.
    :bailey:
  6. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Yeah, fuk the zars of fashun!

    :diacanu:

    Seriously, there's nothing wrong with "...he'd have done it..." but "...he'd've...?" :eek:
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  7. Jenee

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    I don't know ... "he'd've" kinda sounds ... like someone is about to be ill.
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  8. Liet

    Liet Dr. of Horribleness, Ph.D.

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    It doesn't really work, but unlike the "he'd of" construction you don't deserve to be drawn and quartered for using it.
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  9. Diacanu

    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    It works best if what you're about to describe is something particularly rednecky.

    "He'd've fucked the possum before eating it, he'd've, ayeppers!".
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  10. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    :bang: That one drives me almost as bonkers as "If I would've been there..."
  11. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    In actually just had a small fight with someone at TBBS over "would of." He threw one of those adolescent fits over being corrected, called me names, and declared that the language was always evolving, and who's to say "would of" was wrong?

    Several other people told him who, too. :lol:
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  12. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    Reminds me another TBBS bruhaha, when someone wrote a very nice discourse on "prejudism." Sad thing was, it was a fairly literate and thoughtful little post. But when I pointed out that the word was "prejudice," and "prejudism" isn't a real word, he said "IN YOUR OPINION!!!" and went on a vitriolic rant at me.

    No, no, not just in MY opinion, turkey. :garamet:
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  13. Prufrock

    Prufrock Disturbing the Universe

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    Yes, perfectly acceptable in any situation where contractions would be acceptable.

    Now, try "you all would have": y'all'd've. :D
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  14. Prufrock

    Prufrock Disturbing the Universe

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    Maybe even take it farther: y'all's'd've

    As in, my car wouldn't have burst into flames the way y'all's'd've.
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  15. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    That's the joke I used, and it went over his head and he accused me of prejudism. :rofl:
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  16. John Castle

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    " 'f'I'd've'b'n'th'r'..."
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  17. John Castle

    John Castle Banned Writer

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    Well, that was just Egotarian.
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    I'dn't've. Maybe y'all'd've, but I'dn't've.
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  19. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey i can see my house

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    HEY!

    I'm on your side!
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  20. Phoenix

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    No not acceptable. Now, how about "that'll", as "that will" Neither WF or Open Office like it, but I could've sworn that an acceptable contraction.
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  21. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    Yeah? That'll be the day!
  22. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    Christ, you sound like my nephew from South Carolina!
  23. KatyJane

    KatyJane Professional Lurker

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    I think it works in conversation, I say it. It could also work if you were writing dialogue for prose, although it doesn't look pretty. I wouldn't use it in any other kind of writing though.
  24. Yelling Bird

    Yelling Bird Probably a Dual

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    These contractions are perfectly good spoken English, but I'd never write them outside of a text message.
  25. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    ^Or when writing a story. Characters in a story should speak naturally.
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