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Re^4: Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"

by LanX (Canon)
on Apr 16, 2014 at 07:19 UTC ( #1082440=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"
in thread Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"

Shouldn't most of these s contractions (except the possessive case) be restricted to spoken English?

Cheers Rolf

( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)


Comment on Re^4: Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"
Re^5: Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"
by choroba (Abbot) on Apr 16, 2014 at 08:34 UTC
    That's what I was taught. But my current English teacher (she's from London) says it's no longer true. Using long forms in normal mails and e-mails feels very formal and old fashined, she says.
    لսႽ ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
      So how is the OP's code supposed to know the diff between

      "she is thought to work as a nurse"

      and

      "she has thought to work as a nurse"

      ?

      I have the impression that English will contract soon to just two words ("yeah" and "great") and the meaning has to be figured out by context.

      great! ;)

      Cheers Rolf

      ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

Re^5: Lingua: Transform "wasn't" into "was not"
by graff (Chancellor) on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:15 UTC
    Shouldn't most of these s contractions (except the possessive case) be restricted to spoken English?

    Shouldn't text data always be "correct"? Of course it should! What's wrong with all those idiots who can't follow the rules when they type?! Why should programmers have to worry about stupid mistakes in text data?

    And while we're on the subject, why are so many people using those silly non-ASCII characters that look like apostrophes but really aren't? It really pisses me off when they do that - they should just be using the standard ASCII apostrophe, the way God intended!

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