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Contractions With Not 

Grade 4
Sep 1, 2022

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? 
Contractions With Not


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