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Pronoun Verb Contractions

Sep 1, 2022
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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 will fill the space of the missing letters.  

Examples  

Where only the second word changes 

  • She is à She’s  
  • They had à They’d  
  • I am à I’m  
  • Cannot à Can’t 
  • Have not à Haven’t  
  • Is not à Isn’t  

Where both the first- and second-word changes 

  • Will not à Won’t 
  • Shall not à Shan’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. 

Example 

‘Cannot’ rather than ‘can’t’ 

Pronoun Verb Contractions 

Pronouns substitute proper and common nouns. 

We do this to avoid repetition. 

  • E.g., The boy has lost his toy. He is crying.  

We use contractions with pronouns to make it even shorter. 

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  • E.g., The boy has lost his toy. He’s crying. 

How to identify them? 

  • Keep an eye out for a pronoun. 
  • If it is followed by an apostrophe and then the end of the verb, then it is a pronoun verb contraction. 
  • The apostrophe replaced parts of the verb!  

Why do we use them? 

  • We use pronouns to make sentences shorter and remove repetition. We don’t want to hear boy, boy, boy, repeated again and again, do we? 
  • So, the second time we use ‘he’ 
  • And instead of writing or saying: 
  • “The boy’s crying”, we write “he’s crying”  

Examples 

  • We are à We’re  
  • They are à They’re  
  • I am à I’m  
  • She would à She’d  
  • She had à She’s 
  • I had à I’d  
  • I would à I’d 
  • I will à I’ll 
  • It is à It’s 
  • She has à She’s  
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