English Grammar Lessons
Contractions - Glossary of Terms
A contraction is an abbreviated version of a word or words.
There are two main kinds:
Contractions formed by shortening a word or merging two words into one and replacing the missing
letter(s) with an apostrophe:
Contractions formed by compressing a word:
(Note: These contractions normally only
attract a full stop (or period ),
e.g., Prof., when the last letter of the contraction is
different to the last letter of the full word.)
Barton and Col. Gould
are not able to visit the Sgts'
Mess. [show me the contractions]
Don't use contractions (like can't, doesn't etc.) in formal writing. Expand them
to the full versions. This is useful, if you're confused over its
and it's, because there is a simple 100% rule: never ever write it's.
Always expand it to it is or it has.
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