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Which one of the contructions is more acceptable to say?

They're NOT there
or
They AREN'T there

Which one of the examples is more prevalent in english everydays speech?

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* Which one of the REDUCTIONS is more acceptable to say?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Hmm... neither is less acceptable to say, but in my opinion "They aren't..." is a little more common. It's really just personal preference.

     

    I think its more natural to say "They're ...." because you can use it as is or negate with "not" without changing it.

     

    Hmm, if I'm answering a question, like "Are they there?" I'll probably answer "No, they aren't."

    If I'm just saying a sentence, like I called on the phone and no one answered, I would say "They're not there."

    But, yes, I think both are very common and acceptable.

     

    Both

    By "reduction" I assume you mean "contraction." Both of these forms are fine in informal speech or writing. In formal writing or speech, you should not use contractions: "They are not there." There's only the one form if you stay formal. Wasn't that easy? ;)

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