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Nov 20 2012


Idioma: anglès
Nivell:A1  (nivell 1)
Destresa: gramàtica

Objectives: The main goal is to identify and use contractions in English.

Task: Read the explanation about the use of contractions in English and complete the following exercise.


English contractions are usually used in spoken English, but not in formal written English. However, written English is becoming more informal (emails, notes to friends, etc.)

Each of the following English contractions includes their full form and an example s provide context for understanding.


Positive Contractions


Verb to be: am, is, are = -‘m / -‘s / -‘re.

I’m visiting my parents.

She’s pregnant.

They’re my friends.


Future: will = -‘ll

I’ll go to Berlin.

We’ll play football tomorrow.


Verb “have” in present tense = -‘ve / -‘s.

I’ve been to Ireland many times.

You’ve got one brother.

She’s pretty.

Note: in third person singular the contraction used is –‘s rather than –‘ve.


Verb “have” (in past tense) and “would” = -‘d.

I would better go to the doctor = I’d better go to the doctor.

You had been working for two hours = You’d been working for two hours.

She would prefer to meet you later = She’d prefer to meet you later.

They had eaten their lunch = They’d eaten their lunch.


Negative Contractions

Here you have a list of  negative contractions used in English:


aren’t = are not

can’t = can not

couldn’t = could not

didn’tdid not
doesn’tdoes not
don’tdo not
hadn’thad not
hasn’thas not
isn’tis not
mustn’tmust not
needn’tneed not
shouldn’tshould not
wasn’twas not
weren’twere not
won’twill not
wouldn’twould not

Here you have a list of  common contractions in English:

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