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Apostrophes to Mark Omission
'Who is going to feed the fish?' How can this sentence be shortened?

Apostrophes to Mark Omission

Let's explore apostrophes in this fun KS2 English quiz! Apostrophes mark omission, making words shorter. Like magic, 'I have' becomes 'I've' and 'you will' becomes 'you'll' when we talk. In writing, the apostrophe takes the place of the missing letters, showing the 'o' in 'don't' for 'do not'.

Characters in stories talk like we do, so we use contractions in their dialogue. But watch out for where that sneaky apostrophe goes – it makes your writing clear and cool! Test your apostrophe skills in this quiz and become a contraction champion!

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1.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
I have not ordered the pizza yet.
haven't
have'nt
hav'ent
havenot
Have not = haven't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
2.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
It is a long walk to the sea.
Its's
Its'
Its
It's
It is = it's - the apostrophe replaces the 'i' only.
3.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
They have eaten all the ice cream!
The'yve
The've
They've
Theyv'e
They have = they've - the apostrophe replaces the 'ha'.
4.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
I still can not tie my shoelaces.
cann't
cant
ca'nt
can't
Can not = can't - the apostrophe replaces the 'no'.
5.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
You should not touch the flames.
shouldnt'
should'nt
shouldn't
shouldnt
Should not = shouldn'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'nt
dos'nt
doesn't
dosn't
Does not = doesn't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
7.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
We are not going swimming today.
aren't
ar'ent
ar'nt
arn't
Are not = aren't - the apostrophe replaces the 'o'.
8.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
Who is coming to the party?
Whose
Who's
Whos
Who'se
Who is = who's - the apostrophe replaces the 'i'.
9.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
I will take the book back to the library tomorrow.
I'll
I'ill
Ill
Iw'll
I will = I'll - the apostrophe replaces the 'wi'.
10.
Look at each pair of underlined words and choose the correct contraction.
He will not peek before Christmas day.
willn't
won't
wont'
will'nt
Will not = won't - it's easiest to remember that the contraction is similar to 'don't'!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Using apostrophes to contract and combine words

Author:  Sheri Smith

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