What is a contraction grammar?
What is a contraction grammar, “A contraction is an abbreviated version of a word or words. We use contractions (I’m, we’re) in everyday speech and informal writing.”
A contraction is a word made by shortening and combining two words. Words like can’t (can + not), don’t (do + not), and I’ve (I + have) are all contractions.
We make contractions with auxiliary verbs, and also with be and have when they are not auxiliary verbs. When we make a contraction, we commonly put an apostrophe in place of a missing letter.
How to Use Contraction Grammar Correctly?
Using Apostrophe to Replace Letters
In Type of that is the result of an Apostrophe look somewhat like this:
Word1 + Word2 = Word1’Word2
i.e. Have + Not = Haven’t
Apostrophe comes in place of missing letters. Like in the above case Apostrophe comes in place of ‘o’.
Compressing or squeezing Word
Professor = Prof.
Above is the simple example of compressing words to make a contraction. In this method just shorten the word and add a Period (.) in place of those missing words.
Contractions with the verb ‘To Be’.
To make a contraction with a subject pronoun and the verb Be, join the two words and replace the first letter of the conjugated verb BE with an apostrophe.
|We are||We ‘re|
Without Contraction: They are Playing Cricket.
With Contraction: They’re Playing Cricket
Contractions with ‘Would’.
Contraction with would is very simple, just replace the letters ‘woul-‘ with an apostrophe (‘).
Without Contraction: How would you Justify this?
With Contraction: How’d you justify this?
Contractions with ‘Had’.
Contraction with had is exactly the same as with would, just replace ‘Ha-‘ of Had with Apostrophe.
|We had||We ‘d|
With Contraction: They’d two adopted children already.
Contraction with ‘Not.’
In most cases of Contraction with ‘Not’, we Mostly Replace ‘O’ of Not with an Apostrophe.
The contraction of ‘will not’ & ‘Shall Not’ is a little different.
Will Not —————– Won’t
Shall Not ——————-Shan’t
Without contraction: He will not come here.
With Contraction: He won’t come here.
Contraction with Has/Have.
Have is used with I, you, we, and they, while has is used with he, she, and it. (Pronouns)
Without contraction: It has been a Lovely Evening.
With Contraction: It’s been a Lovely Evening.
Common Contraction Example Words:
In English, there are a fairly small number of contractions, and they’re all made out of common words. You cannot invent your own contraction. Here are some of the contractions you’ll see the most:
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