A contraction is a short way of writing two words as a single word. It is formed by combining two words but omitting one or more letters. Always write an apostrophe (’) to show where one or more letters are left out.
Read these contractions.
|are not||aren't||We aren't going today.|
|can not||can't||We can't go today.|
|do not||don't||We don't eat candy.|
|does not||doesn't||John doesn't eat candy.|
|did not||didn't||The dog didn't eat candy.|
|have not||haven't||I haven't seen the show.|
|has not||hasn't||Sue hasn't seen the show.|
|is not||isn't||Jack isn't going to the game.|
|could not||couldn't||We couldn't go to the game.|
|should not||shouldn't||We shouldn't go to the game.|
|would not||wouldn't||We wouldn't go to the game.|
|ought not||oughtn't||We oughtn't go to the game.|
|must not||mustn't||We mustn't go to the game.|
|was not||wasn't||Tom wasn't at home.|
|were not||weren't||We weren't at home.|
|how did||how'd||How'd it happen?|
|who did||who'd||Who'd believe it?|
|why did||why'd||Why'd it happen?.|
|I will||I'll||I'll come home.|
|you will||you'll||You'll come home.|
|he will||he'll||He'll come home.|
|she will||she'll||She'll come home.|
|we will||we'll||We'll come home.|
|they will||they'll||They'll come home.|
|who will||who'll||Who'll come home.|
|it will||it'll||It'll be lots of fun.|
|that will||that'll||That'll be lots of fun.|
|I would||I'd||I'd like a peach tart.|
|you would||you'd||You'd like a peach tart.|
|he would||he'd||He'd like a peach tart.|
|she would||she'd||She'd like a peach tart.|
|they would||they'd||They'd like a peach tart.|
|here is||here's||Here's the morning meal.|
|how is||how's||How's the morning meal?|
|it is||it's||It's the morning meal.|
|that is||that's||That's the morning meal.|
|there is||there's||There's the morning meal.|
|what is||what's||What's the morning meal?|
|when is||when's||When's the morning meal?|
|where is||where's||Where's the morning meal?|
|why is||why's||Why's the President here?|
|who is||who's||Who's the President?|
|I have||I've||I've seen the play.|
|you have||you've||You've seen the play.|
|we have||we've||We've seen the play.|
|they have||they've||They've seen the play.|
|could have||could've||He could've seen the play.|
|should have||should've||He should've seen the play.|
|would have||would've||She would've seen the play.|
|might have||might've||Jack might've seen the play.|
|must have||must've||Jill must've seen the play.|
|I am||I'm||I'm a responsible student.|
|you are||you're||You're a responsible student.|
|he is||he's||He's a responsible student.|
|she is||she's||She's a responsible student.|
|we are||we're||We're responsible students.|
|they are||they're||They're responsible students.|
|let us||let's||Let's have a party.|
|madam||ma'am||Is this your dog, ma'am?|
|of the clock||o'clock||I can be there at one o'clock.|
|will not||won't||We won't fail today.|
Dictation/Spelling Practice for Contractions
Remember contractions are single words formed by combining two words but omitting a letter or letters. An apostrophe (’) is always inserted where a letter or letters have been omitted.
Read these sentences.
- It’s been a long day and I'm tired.
- I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to keep it.
- It’s okay, let’s be friends.
- I’m going to be there at 3 o’clock.
- I didn’t take your stuff and that's a fact.
- She’s sad that she can’t go home.
- Let's take a walk and we'll talk.
- You’ll have to tell her they'll be here soon.
- We’ll do that in a little while when you're finished.
- I’d like to go to the beach, but I don't have time.
- I haven’t had breakfast yet and I don't want Froot Loops.
- We’re going to SeaWorld where there's a whale show.
- We’ve had a good time today and we aren't a bit tired.
- We’re going on a field trip and here's the plan.
- You shouldn't stare at the sun because you'll go blind.
- We won't know who's coming to dinner until 5 o'clock.
- I wasn't happy about it, but I couldn't tell him.
- They mustn't believe they've upset us.
- Wouldn't it be nice if you'd take us to Hawaii.
Create two or three original sentences; include at least one contraction in each sentence. Your writing should reflect good penmanship, proper spacing, correct usage of upper and lower case letters, and correct ending punctuation.
Remember all sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a period (.), question mark (?), or exclamation point (!).
Please illustrate your favorite sentence in the space below or on the back of the page.