Apostrophes to Mark Omission
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Apostrophes to Mark Omission

Apostrophes to mark omission are used when shortening words. For example, 'I will not - I won't'. When we talk, we often use contractions, so it's also a good idea to learn how to write them properly.

Badly-written English puts readers off. It's also hard to read. Try this for size.

I woul'dn't of tol'd you what i'd done if you had'nt of arsk'd.

What it should be is ~ I wouldn't have told you what I had done if you hadn't have asked. Much easier to read and clearer to understand. Punctuation is useful, but if it's in the wrong place, it may as well not be there at all!

This 11-plus quiz will give you some practice in writing contractions.

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  1. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    Let us
    'Let's' is often written as 'Lets' - which should be avoided
  2. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    I have
    The -ha- is replaced by the apostrophe
  3. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    I am
    You should know this contraction
  4. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    There is
    Don't confuse 'theirs' with there's; 'theirs' is a possessive pronoun: 'This house is theirs'
  5. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    I would
    'I'd' can cause problems: 'I had - I'd' and 'I would - I'd'. The text should help you decide on the correct meaning of 'I'd'
  6. Write the word below in its contracted form.
    Cannot
    Learn this contraction - it is often written wrongly. Cannot can also be written as can not, but cannot is better
  7. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    I shall not
    'Shan't' is a bit of a slang term. It should be avoided in good writing: use it only in speech and written dialogues
  8. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    Has not
    The apostrophe replaces the -o- in 'not' in such cases: 'is not - isn't; had not - hadn't'
  9. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    Who is
    Don't confuse 'whose' with 'who's'; 'whose' is the possessive form of 'who': 'Whose is this rabbit?'
  10. Write the words below in their contracted form.
    Must not
    The apostrophe replaces the -o- in 'not' in such cases: 'is not - isn't; had not - hadn't'

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