Contractions for beginners
You might wonder what the difference between formal and informal styles is. One of the elements that can make your writings informal is using contractions.
What Are Contractions?
Contractions are the short version of some words. Sometimes we remove some letters to make a word shorter.
How to Make Contractions?
When we want to make contractions we use an apostrophe. We only use one apostrophe.
When Do We Use Contractions?
We use contractions in different ways. Here are some of the main ways:
Contracted To Be Verbs
We add "not" to make verbs negative. When we want to change it into a contraction, we remove the letter “o” and add an apostrophe.
|Full form||Contracted form|
|I am not||-|
|You are not||You aren't|
|It is not||It isn't|
|He is not||He isn't|
|She is not||She isn't|
|We are not||We aren't|
|They are not||They aren't|
We say “she isn’t” or “they aren’t” but not I amn't. We only say I am not.
The Modal Verb "Can"
We use the modal verb can a lot. The negative form of can is cannot. When we use contractions we say can’t instead of cannot.