How to deal with contractions

How to deal with contractions

What are contractions?

In grammar, a contraction is a shortened form of a word (or phrase). Contractions are created by taking a word or phrase and removing some of the letters. An apostrophe is used to indicate where the missing letters have been removed. For example, the contraction for “do not” is “don’t.”

How to use contractions

Contractions are shortened versions of words or syllables. They are very common in everyday speech and writing and can make your writing sound more natural and informal. In some cases, contractions can also help you to say or write long or complex words more easily.

Most contractions are made by taking a full word and leaving out some of the letters or sounds. For example, ‘can’t’ is made by taking the word ‘cannot’ and leaving out the ‘o’ and the ‘t.’ This kind of contraction is called a deletion.

Other contractions are made by joining two words into one. For example, ‘I + am’ becomes ‘I’m.’ This type of contraction is called a portmanteau word.

Not all contracted forms of words are considered to be contractions. For example, the shortened form of they are (often pronounced /ðeɪə/, /ðæɪə/ or /deɪə/) is sometimes written as ‘they’re,’ but this is not considered to be a true contraction, as the meaning of the two forms is different (see below).

When to use contractions

It will help if you use contractions in spoken English and informal writing. In formal writing, such as essays and reports, you should avoid using contractions unless you are quoting someone who has used them.

When to avoid contractions

There are certain situations when you should avoid using contractions in your writing. These include:

-When you are writing formally or for a professional audience

-When you are uncertain of the correct spelling of a word

-When you are trying to impress someone with your vocabulary

-When you are writing in a language other than your first language

The benefits of using contractions

In written English, contractions are common and considered completely acceptable. Contractions can often help to create a more informal and friendly tone in your writing.

So what exactly is a contraction? A contraction is simply a shortened form of a word or phrase. For example, the contraction of “do not” is “don’t.”

There are many different contractions in English, and you can use them in both spoken and written English. This article will examine the most common contractions and when to use them.

The benefits of using contractions

You might want to use contractions in your writing for many reasons. 

  • Contractions can make your writing sound more natural and conversational.
  • Contractions can help to save time and space when you are writing.
  • Contractions can make your writing sound more lively and energetic. Here are some of the main benefits.