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Negative Contraction for class 1 English

Contraction in English grammar allows us to combine two words into one to make them shorter. Negative contraction is to make negative words by adding ‘not’ to an auxiliary verb. This learning concept will discuss the definition of contraction words with examples and the common mistakes using that should be avoided while using them.

In this learning concept, the students will learn about:

  • Types of contraction.
  • Formation of negative contraction.
  • A list of contractions in english.

Each concept is explained to class 1 English students using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the contractions worksheet and check your answers with the worksheet solutions provided in PDF format.

Understanding Contractions Definition:

  1. A contraction contains two words that have been combined to form one word. The meaning of the words ‘contract’ is ‘to make smaller’.
  2. All contractions must have an apostrophe (‘) followed by the letter ‘s’ to indicate that some letters have been omitted or taken out.
  3. We use contractions every day when we speak and when we write.

Examples of Contractions in English Grammar::

Img 1_example of Contraction
  • The word (She’s) is the contraction form of the words ‘she is’.
  • We have taken out the letter ‘i’ from the word is.
  • We replaced the missing word with an apostrophe followed by the letter‘s’. The newly formed word will end with (‘s).

Types of Contractions in English

Contractionscan be easier understood when we learn about the types of contractions. Contractions are said to be divided into positive and negative contractions.

Img 2_types of Contraction

In this lesson, we will talk about only negative contraction.

Negative contractions

  • Negative contractions are the words that end with n’t.
  • We use the negative contraction when we want to use‘not’in a sentence.


Img 3_example of Contraction

Both the sentences express negative ideas.

List of Contractions

Let’s look at the list of contractions we use every day.

No. Words Contractions
1 Will not Won't
2 Can not Can't
3 Has not Hasn't
4 Have not Haven't
5 Do not Don't
6 Does not Doesn't
7 Did not Didn't
8 Would not Wouldn't
9 Is not Isn't
10 Are not Aren't
11 Am not Ain't
12 Was not Wasn't
13 Were not Weren't
14 Shall not shan't
15 Should not shouldn't


Sentences without Contractions Sentences with Contractions
a) We should not eat unhealthy food. We shouldn’t eat unhealthy food.
b) They are not going to school today. b) They aren't going to school today.
c) Hitesh does not have a car. Hitesh doesn’t have a car.
d) I have not done my homework. I haven’t done my homework.


Common Mistake:

Always be careful with where you are placing the apostrophe; otherwise, the meaning will be something different, or it will be an incorrect statement.


  • I’m swimming.
  • I a’m swimming.
Img 5_Contraction_Mindmap
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