Expand Contractions

Expand all contractions to their formal equivalents.

Usage

var expandContractions = require( '@stdlib/nlp/expand-contractions' );

expandContractions( str )

Expands all contractions to their formal equivalents.

var str = 'I won\'t be able to get y\'all out of this one.';
var out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'I will not be able to get you all out of this one.'

Notes

  • This expansion is done via a simple table look-up. Hence, it will not correctly replace contractions for which there are multiple possible expansions such as "She'd", which can be expanded to both "She would" or "She had". In such cases, the package expands to a chosen default, in the given example "She would". Should you desire higher accuracy, consider using a fully-fledged NLP disambiguation algorithm for English contractions.

Examples

var expandContractions = require( '@stdlib/nlp/expand-contractions' );

var str = 'I won\'t be able to, sorry.';
var out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'I will not be able to, sorry.'

str = 'She\'ll be coming around the mountain...';
out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'She will be coming around the mountain...'

str = 'Y\'all\'d be surprised if you know what I\'ll do.';
out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'You all would be surprised if you know what I will do.'

str = 'Y\'all\'d\'ve come to the park if y\'all could\'ve, right?';
out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'You all would have come to the park if you all could have, right?'

str = 'If Parker hadn\'t been sent off for a foul, they\'d\'ve won.';
out = expandContractions( str );
// returns 'If Parker had not been sent off for a foul, they would have won.'