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Can a contraction be a noun? For example, who's, I'm etc..
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Hi,

Can a contraction be a noun? For example, who's, I'm etc.. These are not nouns. They are contractions of who is and I am.

Are you trying to ask if you can say these things?

Tom's (Tom is . . ) Yes.

Tom'm (Tom am . . ) No.

Clive
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No. A contraction is a combination of two different words. Each word is classified separately. For example who's is a combination of who and is. who is a pronoun, and is is a verb.

CJ
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There is a difference between writing and speaking. If when talking you say "Whos going," the listener will likely hear it as Who is going. But if you write who's, the reader is apt to think it is a possessive, as in Who's key is this? In general, it is easy to over use contractions. Only use them when they are very commonly used. And if you like, you can never use them, except, I suppose, if the teacher wants you to.
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