The presence of Santa Claus means presents! How many words can you spell beginning at pre in this KS3 spelling quiz?
"I think we have to believe in things we don't see. That's really important for all of us, whether it's your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That's pretty much what it's about." - James Caan.In general, formal writing, such as an essay or a report, does not tend to use contractions. Words such as "it's", "don't" and "that's", along with "would've", "should've" and "can't", are signs of informal writing because they give the impression of spoken language.
You already know, of course, that apostrophes are used for possession and for omission.
For example, "you're" is the contraction of "you are", with the apostrophe showing where the a has been omitted. But here's an interesting fact: apostrophes of possession were originally used for omission. In earlier forms of English, before the use of the apostrophe, mannes, for instance, meant "man's". The word for "man" and the possessive ending became contracted and the apostrophe we still use today shows where the replaced letters once were.
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