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A contraction is a shortened form of one or 2 words (one of which is typically a verb). In a contraction, an apostrophe bring away the ar of the lacking letter or letters. Part contractions are: I’m (I am), can’t (cannot), how’s (how is), and Ma’am (Madam).

For example, “don’t” is a contraction that is short for “do not”; the apostrophe in “don’t” take away the place of the lacking “o”. An additional example is “o’clock,” a contraction “of the clock.” A less typical example of a convulsion is “jack-o’-lantern,” quick for “jack-of-lantern”; in it, the apostrophe bring away the place of the missing “f” in “of.”

List o’ typical Contractions:

II’mI amI’llI willI’dI wouldI’veI haveI’dI had
youyou’reyou areyou’llyou willyou’dyou wouldyou’veyou haveyou’dyou had
hehe’she ishe’llhe willhe’dhe wouldhe’she hashe’dhe had
sheshe’sshe isshe’llshe willshe’dshe wouldshe’sshe hasshe’dshe had
itit’s (or ’tis)it isit’llit willit’dit wouldit’sit hasit’dit had
wewe’rewe arewe’llwe willwe’dwe wouldwe’vewe havewe’dwe had
theythey’rethey arethey’llthey willthey’dthey wouldthey’vethey havethey’dthey had
thatthat’sthat isthat’llthat willthat’dthat wouldthat’sthat hasthat’dthat had
whowho’swho iswho’llwho willwho’dwho wouldwho’swho haswho’dwho had
whatwhat’s/what’rewhat is/what arewhat’llwhat willwhat’dwhat wouldwhat’swhat haswhat’dwhat had
wherewhere’swhere iswhere’llwhere willwhere’dwhere wouldwhere’swhere haswhere’dwhere had
whenwhen’swhen iswhen’llwhen willwhen’dwhen wouldwhen’swhen haswhen’dwhen had
whywhy’swhy iswhy’llwhy willwhy’dwhy wouldwhy’swhy haswhy’dwhy had
howhow’show ishow’llhow willhow’dhow wouldhow’show hashow’dhow had

she would certainly haveshe’d’ve (colloquial)
it is not’tisn’t (archaic)

WORDS (negating a verb)
is notisn’t
are notaren’t
was notwasn’t
were notweren’t
have nothaven’t
has nothasn’t
had nothadn’t
will notwon’t
would notwouldn’t
do notdon’t
does notdoesn’t
did notdidn’t
could notcouldn’t
should notshouldn’t
might notmightn’t
must notmustn’t

WORDS (woulda-shoulda-coulda)CONTRACTION
would havewould’ve
should haveshould’ve
could havecould’ve
might havemight’ve
must havemust’ve

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of the clocko’clock
it was’twas (archaic)