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Most used contractions

To be To have
Not contracted Contracted Not contracted Contracted
I am I’m I have/have not I’ve /haven’t
You are You’re You have/have not You’ve / haven’t
He is /she is He’s / she’s He/she has/has not He’s/ she’s /hasn’t
We are We’re We have/ have not We’ve / haven’t
They are They’re They have/have not They’ve / haven’t

You are not You aren’t I had /had not I’d /hadn’t
You’re not You had /had not You’d /hadn’t
He /she is not He/she isn’t He/she had /had not He’d/she’d /hadn’t
We are not We aren’t We had / had not We’d /hadn’t
We’re not They had / had not They’d / hadn’t
They are not They aren’t (Note: can be confused with I
They’re not should. See below. Context has
to show which one is used)

I was not I wasn’t


He/she was not He/she wasn’t
We were not We weren’t
They were not They weren’t Will
I will I’ll
What is What’s You will You’ll
Where is Where’s He/she will He’ll/she’ll
Who is Who’s We will We’ll
That is That’s They will They’ll
There is There’s

Can
I can /could not I will not /would not
You can/could not You will not /would not
He /she can/ could not can’t He/she will not /would not won’t
We can/ could not couldn’t We will not /would not wouldn’t
They can/ could not They will not /would not

That will That’ll


Shall Who will Who’ll
What will What’ll
There will There’ll
I shall /should not
You shall / should not I would
He/she shall/ should not shan’t You would ‘d
We shall/ should not shouldn’t He/she would (Note: can be confused
They shall / should not We would with I should. See above.
Context has to show
They would which one is used)
Confusing contractions
Its and it’s
Its Its is the possessive form of ‘it’ What is its color?
It’s It is just a contraction meaning ‘it is’ It’s good to be home again

Their, there or they’re


There Mainly an adverb meaning ‘in, at or to He never went there again
that place’
Their Possessive determiner, meaning Don’t bother because it’s their
‘belonging to them’ responsibility
They’re Contraction for ‘they are’ They’re not really friendly
people.

Who’s and whose


Who’s Contraction for 'who is' or 'who has' Who's there?
Whose Possessive case of who and of which. Whose coat is that laying on the
Belonging to floor?

Your, and you're


Your Possessive meaning ‘belonging to you’ They found your wallet
You’re Contraction of ‘you are’ You’re not alone!

Were, we’re and where


Were Verb. Simple past of ‘be’ We were dead tired
We’re Contraction of ‘we are’ We’re very happy
Where Adverb of place Where are you?

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