Complete the following exercise by forming contractions when appropriate. There are many options for creating contractions; the most common relate to the words am, is, will, would, has, have and had, for example I am – I’m, that is – that’s, he will – he’ll, I would – I’d, she has – she’s, we have – we’ve and you had – you’d. The following exercise (after some additional notes) includes sentences which are grammatically correct and would be fine in written English, but in spoken English would sound too formal.
|Contracted short form||Original long form|
|can’t||cannot, can not|
Note that with the verb be, two negative forms are possible, for example:
- we are not → we aren’t and we’re not
In questions, am not is contracted to aren’t, for example:
- I’m late, aren’t I?