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G.1.2.1 - Contractions

How to write Contractions

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A Pre-Intermediate task for you today:

A contraction is formed by joing two other words.

An apostrophe shows where a letter or letters have been omitted (left out).

Example: it is = it's ( i is omitted).

Exception: won't is an exception. Will not becomes won't.

Write the correct contraction for each pair of missing words. When you have finished write some example sentences using contractions.

 

Review: It's and Its

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Some time ago, we looked at the difference in use between it's and its. Please take a moment to review the key information by following the link to the lesson below. When you think that you have understood, try the exercise. 

Link: It's and Its

 

Using 'have' and 'has'

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Maltese fishing boats

"Malta has colourful fishing boats."
"The fishermen have traditional boats."

Here are some points to remember when using 'have' and 'has'.

Let's start with the basics.

They can both be used to show possession and are important in making the 'perfect tenses'.
'Had' is the past tense of both 'has' and 'have'.

How to use 'contractions'

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How to sue contractions

'I've got a new TV. You've seen it, haven't you?'

In spoken English and casual written English, contractions are very common. In these words the apostrophe    ( ) tells us that letters are missing.