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Apostrophes in Contractions

Apostrophes with Contractions

Apostrophes in Contractions

Apostrophes in Contractions           

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.  

Common Core Language Standard 2

Everyone likes to shorten their writing. Take texting for example: pls send info ’bout men’s restroom probs asap. thx communicates much more quickly than typing each letter and word. Contractions use apostrophes to shorten words. Most people are even dropping these in informal writing. 

Today’s mechanics lesson is on apostrophes in contractions. Remember that the apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters in a contraction. A contraction is a shortened form of a word or words.

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

These words are most frequently contracted with apostrophes in the middle of words: not, will, would, have, had, and the forms of the “to be” verb (is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been) Examples: isn’t (for is not), she’ll (for she will), he’d (for he had or he would), should’ve (for should have), she’d (for she had or she would), they’re (for they are), o’clock (for of the clock) Also, never use of in place of have Example: Use would have, not would of.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: I should of gone to her party, but she’ll have to plan better. Inviting guests at three oclock for a dinner party… ‘tis a bit late notice, don’t you think?

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: I should have gone to her party, but she’ll have to plan better. Inviting guests at three o’clock for a dinner party… ‘tis a bit late notice, don’t you think?

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using at least two contractions.


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