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A contraction is most often two words combined into one word, usually a verb with a to-be verb (it is, it’s). It is the shortening of a word, syllable, or word group by omission of letters. In traditional grammar, a contraction is the formation of a new word from one or more individual words. This often is a result of a common sequence of words, or, as in French, to maintain a flowing sound.

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BE

WILL

WOULD

HAVE

HAD

I

I'm
I am

I'll
I will

I'd
I would

I've
I have

I'd
I had

you

you're
you are

you'll
you will

you'd
you would

you've
you have

you'd
you have

he

he's
he is

he'll
he will

he'd
he would

he's
he has

he'd
he had

she

she's
she is

she'll
she will

she'd
she would

she's
she has

she'd
she had

it

it's (or 'tis)
it is

it'll
it will

it'd
it would

it's
it has

it'd
it had

we

we're
we are

we'll
we will

we'd
we would

we've
we have

we'd
we had

they

they're
they are

they'll
they will

they'd
they would

they've
they have

they'd
they had

that

that's
that is

that'll
that will

that'd
that would

that's
that has

that'd
that had

who

who's
who is

who'll
who will

who'd
who would

who's
who has

who'd
who had

what

what's/what're
what is/what are

what'll
what will

what'd
what would

what's
what has

what'd
what had

where

where's
where is

where'll
where will

where'd
where would

where's
where has

where'd
where had

when

when's
when is

when'll
when will

when'd
when would

when's
when has

when'd
when had

why

why's
why is

why'll
why will

why'd
why would

why's
why has

why'd
why had

how

how's
how is

how'll
how will

how'd
how would

how's
how has

how'd
how had

 

WORDS (negating a verb)

CONTRACTION

is not

isn't

are not

aren't

was not

wasn't

were not

weren't

have not

haven't

has not

hasn't

had not

hadn't

will not

won't

would not

wouldn't

do not

don't

does not

doesn't

did not

didn't

cannot

can't

could not

couldn't

should not

shouldn't

might not

mightn't

must not

mustn't

WORDS (woulda-shoulda-coulda)

CONTRACTION

would have

would've

should have

should've

could have

could've

might have

might've

must have

must've

WORDS (odd ones)

CONTRACTION

of

o'

of the clock

o'clock

madam

ma'am

never-do-well

ne'er-do-well

cat-of-nine-tails

cat-o'-nine-tails

jack-of-the-lantern

jack-o'-lantern

will-of-the-wisp

will-o'-the-wisp

it was

'twas (archaic)

The most common error of contractions in college essays is the omission of the apostrophe. Its and it’s gets confused consistently. Here are some exercises to help decipher the difference.

    EXERCISES

Of the following, what must you do to correct any errors that you find?

  1. Its about time you showed up today.
  2. Whats up with you?
  3. I understand the hows but not the whys.
  4. Hows it going?
  5. This is its natural habitat.
  6. Its range is fifty miles a day.
  7. What’s interesting about the peak is its year-round snow covering.
  8. Who couldve predicted the problem?
  9. Who wouldve danced in a thunderstorm when its raining.
  10. Its going to rain.
  11. Its hot and muggy today.
  12. Its heat comes from its mugginess.
  13. Havent you finished the project?
  14. Your mission was to find its’ mother.
  15. When its available, your going to be called.

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