Mechanics - Punctuation - Apostrophes
Use the apostrophe in writing contractionsContractions are two or more words combined together with an apostrophe. Source: Lesson 7. The apostrophe shows that
a letter or letters have been omitted. A pronounsA pronoun is a word that replaces a noun or a group of words used as a noun.
Source: Lesson 21 and a verbVerbs show action or state of being.
Source: Lesson 1 or a verb with the word "not" are the commonest contractions.
you are = you're
do not = don't
Some contractions stand for more than one pair of words.
she is = she's
she has = she's
Three contractions are irregular.
shall not = shan't
will not = won't
cannot = can't
Instructions: Write the contractions of the following pairs of words.
1. we are - it is - you have - who is - has not
2. I will - I am - she will - she shall - I shall
3. I have - we shall - they are - are not - did not
4. he is - you will - you are - is not - had not
5. was not - have not - could not - we would - they will
6. should not - does not - there is - they have - you would
7. were not - would not - that is - I had - will not