How to Use Apostrophe with Contractions?

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Apostrophe with Contractions: Contractions are words that are made up by shortening and putting an apostrophe in them. They are formed by omitting one or more letters from the word. These contractions are not to be used in your formal writing and are meant only for informal conversations such as texts, letters etc. To know the usage of an apostrophe with contractions in English grammar, along with their examples continue reading this blog.  

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Apostrophes in Contractions

As discussed above, contraction is a word that is 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. As can be seen, the apostrophe added in a contraction after removing one letter always replaces at least one letter. Contraction is considered a one word, even if it is created from two.

For example:Can’t” is a contraction of “cannot.”
Would’ve” is a contraction of “would have.”

Also read: 21+ Apostrophe Examples in Sentences as Punctuation Mark

Contractions in Informal Writing

Informal contractions are words that are in short forms and phrases in English. Sometimes they are used in casual conversations. They are like slang, a very informal way of speaking. This makes your flow of writing feel less formal and more like talking. These are mainly for casual writing such as dialogue or texts, and emails to friends.

For Example:don’t” instead of “do not”

Can’t” instead of “cannot”

you’re” instead of “you are.”

Read more: How to Use Apostrophes? Learn 3 Golden Rules with Examples

Examples of Apostrophe with Contractions

The below image reflects contractions with apostrophes which will give you an idea of how a contraction is made and can be used in informal writing.

Examples of Apostrophes with Contractions

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Worksheet on Apostrophe with Contractions

Exercise: Fill in the blanks with a suitable contraction

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Q1.What are the 3 important rules for apostrophes?

The apostrophe has three important rules: first, to form possessive nouns, second, to show the omission of letters; and lastly, to indicate plurals of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Q2. What are the rules for apostrophe with contractions?

In a contraction, an apostrophe means missing letters. The most ordinary contractions are made up of verbs, auxiliaries, or modals attached to other words:
“Shee would” = “She’d.” “I have” = “I’ve.” “We are” = “We’re.” “You cannot” = “You can’t.”

Q3. What are the golden rules while using apostrophes?

The first rule will be using an apostrophe to show possession, second, use an apostrophe and “s” to direct possession with singular nouns. Third and lastly, use an apostrophe after the “s” for plural nouns which end in “s” to show possession.

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