Hi, I am wondering what to do with all my past perfect constructions. What are your thoughts on how to render them in prose? Then he realised that he had put on two different colour socks! OR Then he realised that he'd put on two different colour socks! I came to the conclusion that unless the narration was styled as spoken word, only the pronouns would be rendered in that way and while nouns and proper nouns would be written in full. He'd already been to the store twice that day and it'd been quite harrowing. I was also wondering what to do in prose when 'would' is used. She'd come running down the driveway to meet us. And how about constructions with "there"? There'd been a fire and the whole house was charred. There'd always be something cooking in the oven And as a bonus question for all you players at home - are these examples readable or "correct" to you? Use of the apostrophe for 'is', is fine (for 'are', it looks weird with anything but 'we' and 'they') but how would one render the elision of 'has' (shown in the last two examples)? "Anakin's a slave to the dark side," she intoned woodenly under George Lucas' direction. "When's it ever OK to make Greedo shoot first?" "Great! The Jub Jub song's been removed!" "Why's Old Anakin's ghost been replaced by that glowy mannequin?" Thanks!