How to Use Contractions

By | August 13, 2014

We use contractions to make our conversations more fluid. It can also be engaging and user-friendly. I am sure there are more reasons but these are just mainly what contractions are for.

Although grammatically correct, these are only use informally.

Example instead of saying :

1. “We have arrived.” Use instead “We’ve arrived.”
2. “I am not eating the leftovers!” You can use “I ain’t eating the leftovers.”

Contractions may appear in the Grammar and Correct Usage part of the Civil Service Examination. Be sure that you are familiar with them. 

Exercises:

1. I am –

Answer
I’m

2. Does not –

Answer
Doesn’t

3. Shall not –

Answer
Shan’t

4. There is –

Answer
There’s

5. You are –

Answer
You’re

6. I do –

Answer
I’d

7. She will –

Answer
She’ll

8. We have –

Answer
We’ve

9. What shall –

Answer
What’ll

10. Where has –

Answer
Where’s

For more practice quiz, please go to the Practice page. To explore the complete list of posts, go to Post List.

 

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