apostrophes 1 - making words shorter / contracting words / short form words
My son's sick, he can't go to school. What's the long form of these contractions?
= My son is sick, he cannot go to school.
Do you know where and why the apostrophe goes where it does?
The apostrophe replaces the missing letter or letters and also joins the two words together.
you're = you are. The apostrophe replaces the 'a'
What about it's what does this word mean?
It's = it is and it has
Let's look at the apostrophe 'd words. What does the 'd' mean?
It means had or would.
she'd - she'd seen him before. She had seen him before
I'd "eyed" = I had/ I would I'd love a cup of tea = I would love a cup of tea
I am (is two words) - to contract it you knock off the 'a' and join the words to make one word I'm (remember your capital I)
Let's look at some weird spelling
cannot is one word and contracted to can't.
Then we have some strange old words that change the letters
shall not = shan't
will not = won't- check out my video on why 'will not' contracts to 'won't' - it's fascinating Click here to go to the lesson on "Will not = won't, why?"
Do the following exercises on a piece of paper and check your answers below.
1. He has a car.
2. I am early.
3. She does not want the job.
4. They are not coming today.
5. They will not go.
6. We did not ask.
4. They are not coming today. = They aren't coming today. OR They're not coming today.
5. They will not go. = They won't go.