Apostrophes to Mark Omission
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Apostrophes to Mark Omission

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at apostrophes to mark omission. Apostrophes to mark omission are used on contracted words. 'Contraction' means something which has been made smaller or shorter. When speaking, we often contract very common words: for example, 'I have' becomes 'I've' and 'you will' becomes 'you'll'. When writing, we use an apostrophe to replace the missing letters. The apostrophe shows the missing 'o' when 'do not' becomes 'don't'.

Contracted words are often used when writing dialogue because this is how the character would naturally speak. It’s important to know exactly where the apostrophe goes otherwise your writing won’t make much sense!

See how well you remember where the apostrophe belongs by trying this English quiz.

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  1. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    I have not ordered the pizza yet.
    Have not = haven't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
  2. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    I will take the book back to the library tomorrow.
    I will = I'll - the apostrophe replaces the 'wi'.
  3. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    They have eaten all the ice cream!
    They have = they've - the apostrophe replaces the 'ha'.
  4. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    It is a long walk to the sea.
    It is = it's - the apostrophe replaces the 'i' only.
  5. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    We are not going swimming today.
    Are not = aren't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
  6. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    She does not like any green vegetables.
    Does not = doesn't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
  7. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    Who is coming to the party?
    Who is = who's - the apostrophe replaces the 'i'.
  8. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    You should not touch the flames.
    Should not = shouldn't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
  9. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    He will not peek before Christmas day.
    Will not = won't - it's easiest to remember that the contraction is similar to 'don't'!
  10. Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
    I still can not tie my shoelaces.
    Can not = can't - the apostrophe replaces the 'no'.

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