Since the word contract means to squeeze together, it seems only logical that a contraction is two words made shorter by placing an apostrophe where letters have been omitted.

Examples of common contractions in the English language include:

  • I’m: I am
  • Can’t: cannot
  • We’ve: we have
  • Should’ve: should have
  • Could’ve: could have
  • She’ll: she will
  • He’s: he is
  • They’d: they would
  • Won’t: will not
  • Weren’t: were not
  • Wasn’t: was not
  • Wouldn’t: would not
  • Shouldn’t: should not
  • Isn’t: is not

1. I’m always looking for new ways to make money.

2. You can’t legally buy marijuana in New Jersey yet, but many citizens are waiting for the day that they will be able to smoke in peace.

3. We’ve been working on a new website for our client for 6 weeks.

4. They should’ve sold their house when they had the chance.

5. She could’ve sued her company for mobbing but she decided to quit and move on with her career.

6. I won’t bother you if you don’t bother me.

7. You shouldn’t leave your current job until you find a new one.

8. He told the police that it wasn’t him, but everyone knows he did it.

9. I wouldn’t want to be him right now.

10. They’d love to visit the USA but they are afraid that they won’t be able to communicate well in English.


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