Standard Contractions in English

Contractions are mainly used speech and informal writing BE Neg WILL Neg I'm I’m not I'll I won’t I You He She It We They That Who
I am You're you are He's he is She's she is It's (or 'tis) it is We're we are They're they are That's that is Who's who is what is/what are You aren’t He isn’t She isn’t It isn’t We aren’t They aren’t That isn’t Who isn’t I will You'll you will He'll he will She'll she will It'll it will We'll we will They'll they will That'll that will Who'll who will What'll what will Where'll where will When'll when will Why'll why will How'll how will You won’t He won’t She won’t It won’t We won’t They won’t That won’t Who won’t What won’t

WOULD
I'd I would You'd you would He'd he would She'd she would It'd it would We'd we would They'd they would That'd that would Who'd who would What'd what would Where'd where would When'd when would Why'd why would How'd how would

Neg I wouldn’t You wouldn’t He wouldn’t She wouldn’t It wouldn’t We wouldn’t

HAVE
I've I have You've you have He's he has She's she has It's it has

Neg I haven’t You haven’t He hasn’t She hasn’t It hasn’t We haven’t They haven’t That hasn’t Who hasn’t What hasn’t

HAD
I'd I had You'd you had He'd he had She'd she had It'd it had We'd we had They'd they had That'd that had Who'd who had What'd what had

Neg I hadn’t You hadn’t He hadn’t She hadn’t It hadn’t We hadn’t They hadn’t That hadn’t Who hadn’t What hadn’t

We've we have They wouldn’t They've they have That wouldn’t That's that has Who wouldn’t Who's who has What wouldn’t What's what has Where wouldn’t When wouldn’t Where's where has When's when has

What What's/what're What isn’t

Where Where's
where is When When's when is

Where isn’t When isn’t Why isn’t How isn’t

Where won’t When won’t Why won’t How won’t

Where hasn’t Where'd where had When hasn’t When'd when had Why hasn’t How hasn’t Why'd why had How'd how had

Where hadn’t When hadn’t Why hadn’t How hadn’t

Why How

Why's why is How's how is

Why wouldn’t Why's why has How wouldn’t How's how has

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WORDS (negating a verb) is not are not was not were not have not has not had not will not would not do not does not did not cannot could not should not might not must not CONTRACTION isn't aren't wasn't weren't haven't hasn't hadn't won't wouldn't don't doesn't didn't can't couldn't shouldn't mightn't mustn't WORDS would have should have could have might have must have WORDS (odd ones) of of the clock madam never-do-well cat-of-nine-tails jack-of-the-lantern will-of-the-wisp it was CONTRACTION would've should've could've might've must've CONTRACTION o' o'clock ma'am ne'er-do-well cat-o'-nine-tails jack-o'-lantern will-o'-the-wisp 'twas (archaic)

Contractions are often confused with possessive pronouns, because of identical pronunciation. Can you tell me which sentences are correct? a. Their sleeping in a tent today. b. They're sleeping in a tent today c. Has the boy lost its toy? d. Has the boy lost it's toy? e. It's me! f. Its me! The correct answers are: b, c, and e. a and e are contracted forms of the verb to "be", c is a possessive pronoun. The remaining sentences are incorrect because a possessive pronoun has been used instead of a contracted form, or vice versa.

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