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A contraction is a shortened form of one or 2 words (one of which is generally a verb). In a contraction, an apostrophe takes the place of the lacking letter or letters. Some contractions are: I’m (I am), can’t (cannot), how’s (just how is), and also Ma’am (Madam).

For example, “don’t” is a contraction that is brief for “do not”; the apostrophe in “don’t” takes the place of the absent “o”. Anvarious other instance is “o’clock,” a contraction “of the clock.” A less common example of a contractivity is “jack-o’-lantern,” short for “jack-of-lantern”; in it, the apostrophe takes the place of the absent “f” in “of.”

List o’ Usual 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’llthat willwho’dthat wouldwho’sthat haswho’dwho had
whatwhat’s/what’rewhat is/what arewhat’llwhat willwhat’dwhat wouldwhat’swhat haswhat’dwhat had
wherewhere’swhere iswhere’llwbelow willwhere’dwbelow wouldwhere’swhere haswhere’dwright here had
whenwhen’sonce iswhen’llas soon as willwhen’donce wouldwhen’swhen haswhen’dwhen had
whywhy’swhy iswhy’llwhy willwhy’dwhy wouldwhy’swhy haswhy’dwhy had
howhow’show ishow’lljust how willhow’dhow wouldhow’present hashow’dhow had

she would 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 actually nothaven’t
has actually nothasn’t
had actually nothadn’t
will certainly notwon’t
would certainly notwouldn’t
execute notdon’t
does notdoesn’t
did notdidn’t
might notcouldn’t
must notshouldn’t
can notmightn’t
need to notmustn’t

WORDS (woulda-shoulda-coulda)CONTRACTION
would havewould’ve
need to haveshould’ve
can havecould’ve
can havemight’ve
must havemust’ve

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