Contractions in English
Explanation and List of
Contractions in English are words or phrases that are shortened by dropping one
or more letters and replacing the letter or letters with '
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Only one apostrophe is used in a contraction no matter how many letters are removed.
Contractions in English are very common in spoken language
he is = he's
We remove the i and replace it with an apostrophe.
I have = I've
We remove the h and a and replace them with an apostrophe.
did not = didn't
We remove the o and replace it with an apostrophe.
- will not = won't
We remove the ill and n and replace them with an apostrophe.
Using contractions in writing
In American English, contractions are very common in spoken language.
We do not use contractions as much in our writing.
Contractions are not used much in formal writing, such as a business
letter, business email or essay.
You may use contractions in formal writing when you quote what somebody
John said, "I wasn't surprised because I knew she was coming to visit."
was not = wasn't
We can use contractions in friendly letters, friendly emails, blogs and
glad you came to visit last week. I can't
wait until I see you
again at Christmas. I hope you've
made it home safely.
I am = I'm
cannot = can't
you have = you've
Common Contractions in English
|he had; he would
|he will; he shall
|he is; he has
|I had; I would
|I will; I shall
|she had; she would
|she is; she has
|that is; that has
|there is; there has
|they had; they would
|they will; they shall
|we had; we would
|what will; what shall
|what is; what has
|where is; where has
|who had; who would
|who will; who shall
|who is; who has
|you had; you would
|you will; you shall
An apostrophe does not always signal a contraction
also added to nouns
to show ownership.
- Bill's house
The house belongs to Bill. This is not a contraction.
The cats' food
The food belongs to the cats. This is not a contraction.
- The boy's ball
The ball belongs to the boy. This is not
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