Definitions Contraction – A word formed by joining two words, making one shorter word. – It takes the place of the letter or letters dropped to shorten the word.
Rules Not – It is not a verb, so it cannot be part of a verb phrase. She can not drive. – The ‘nt in a contraction is also not part of a verb or verb phrase. Eric doesn’t talk to Mrs. Cornish.
Rules Do Not – Use contractions in formal reports or business letters. Reading Reports Mission Report Any type of writing in
Contractions cannot – can’t did not – didn’t is not – isn’t are not – aren’t was not – wasn’t were not – weren’t will not – won’t have not – haven’t
Contractions has not – hasn’t had not – hadn’t could not – couldn’t would not – wouldn’t should not – shouldn’t cannot – can’t must not – mustn’t
What is the contraction for the underlined words? Mary Ann is not feeling well. – isn’t She did not sleep well. – didn’t Mary Ann cannot go out. – can’t
What is the contraction for the underlined words? She could not sit up in bed. – couldn’t We should not worry. – shouldn’t She will not be sick for long. – will not
Find the incorrect contractions. These health tips for cold sufferers arent hard to follow. – Don’t forget to get plenty of rest. You must’nt tire yourself out. – Excessive exercise doesn’t help. Conserve your energy, or you wont have any strength. aren’t mustn’t won’t
Find the incorrect contractions. – Fatty, heavy foods aren’t good. Junk food isnt either. – In case you did’nt know, liquids are good for you. isn’t didn’t