What is a contraction?
- A contraction is one word made up of two words.
- We do this to make things short and trim.
- The first word usually stays the same.
I will à I’ll (the first word remained the same)
- And in some cases, both the first word and the second word lose letters.
- Shall not à Shan’t (Both words changed)
- An apostrophe always fills the space of the missing letters.
Where only the second word changes
- I have à I’ve
- I had à I’d
- You are à You’re
- Have not à Haven’t
- Is not à Isn’t
- Cannot à Can’t
Where both the first- and second-word changes
- Shall not à Shan’t
- Will not à Won’t
- Contractions are used in normal speech and informal writing (writing notes / writing to family and friends)
- Don’t use them contractions in formal writing.
- Use complete words.
‘Cannot’ rather than ‘can’t’
- We use contractions with not in sentences were of negation.
- I.e., we are refusing something/ expressing impossibility, etc.
- They are also used to ask questions.
- I can’t go to the show today.
- I won’t let you skip sleep.
- Won’t you help me?