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    Default Yes, I am.

    We all say this.

    "Are you Timmy?"

    "Yes, I am."

    So why can't we just say

    "Yes, I'm."

    After all, we can say

    "No, I'm not"

    and

    "No, I am not."

    So why does the English language keep us from saying

    "Yes, I'm."

    ???

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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    Hmm, hard to explain but the easiest way is that it doesn't make sense.
    I'll try to find some info on it, and get back to you.

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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    MINDFUCK

    Ill have to actually look into this


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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    Well, I don't believe there's an actual rule stating that. It's just the status quo, like saying "let's" instead of "let us".

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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    To me, it's just the way people spoke
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    My broken heart is yours to keep
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    While I take all the gain

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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra Pidgeot View Post
    "Yes, I'm."
    I guess the English language just doesn't like ending sentences with contractions representing the word "to be".

    You don't see "Yes, you're" either. Come to think about it, I think it's because normally when we say a sentence like "Yes, I am", the word "am" is emphasized (stressed), meaning that it shouldn't be in a contraction.

    Normally, when putting words into a contraction, the contracted word is one that is normally unstressed. Stressing syllables isn't just important in words, some words are stressed as a whole. (In the poetic line "O truant Muse what shall be thy amends", the words "O", "what", and "be" are unstressed.)

    For example, you see people saying "doesn't" for "does not", but you'd be hard pressed to find a person who says "d'snot", or stresses the second syllable (e.g. "No, he doesN'T watch the anime").

    So for example, "No, you're not!" and "No, you aren't!" would be two examples of unstressed and stressed words. In both cases, the contracted word ("are" and "not" respectively) is the unstressed one.

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    Default Re: Yes, I am.

    This topic is probably better suited for a blog.

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