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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Contractions

 
 

Definition

Contractions are the shortened forms of words.

Example

He's

tired today.

He + is

 

Explanation

Contractions --

  • are used with auxiliary verbs (be, have, and modal verbs).
  • replace the first vowel or the consonants and first vowel of the verb.
  • add "n't" to the verb form in the negative. (Note: "I am" does not follow this rule.)
  • are used in informal writing and speaking, but are not used in formal writing.

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