Contractions

What is a contraction?

A contraction is a short form of a word or words in English.

What are some common examples?

Here are 10 common examples:


Didn’t = did not

He’s = has is / he has

She’s = she is / she has

Gonna = going to
Wanna = want to
Shoulda/should’ve = should have
Coz = because
They’re = they are
They’ll = they will
They’d = they would

Why do we use contractions?

We use contractions to make speaking English easier, shorter and faster.  Contractions can also be used to speak in a less formal way.

Can I use contractions when writing?

You can use contractions when writing informally.  However, when writing something formal, it is best not to use contractions. This is because contractions are considered informal language.
 
For example, if you are writing a text message to your friend, you can use contractions.  If you are writing a letter to your boss at work, it is best to not use contractions.

Can I hear some common contractions?

Sure.  Watch this video on our Instagram page.

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