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UnContraction

from the linguistics-for-loonies-department

So is it possible to use a contraction anywhere? Nope. Here's an example.

Let us know when to arrive.
Let's know when to arrive. (completely different meaning)

Weird eh? OK, off to the gym for contractions of the muscular variety.

Neat. There should be a word to describe that kind of word. Alas, inept has no ept, and nonplus has no plus. I rarely hear anything called violable, imitable, defatigable, dubitable, or controvertible. Oh, defatigate appears to be a word. Huh. And sipid. And trepid. I must find an opportunity to use these words.
parent post: Clement
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