A contraction is a word made by shortening and combining two words. Writers use contractions to express themselves more casually and colloquially.

Here are some examples of contractions:

  • we are = we're
  • do not = don't
  • I have = I've

As you can tell from the above examples, contractions use apostrophes. Apostrophes take the place of the letters and spaces that disappear when you form a contraction.

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Common Questions about Contractions

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