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Contractions

Concept: Positive and Negative Contractions

Definition

  • Contractions are the shorter form of words or group of letters that are usually formed by the omission of certain letters of the following word.
  • The word ‘contract’ refers ‘to decrease in size’.
  • In contraction, an apostrophe is used to show the letters that has been taken out from the word.
  • Generally, we come across contractions that is followed by an auxiliary.

Examples:

  1. Nature-1
  2. Nature-1

Contractions for ‘wh’ Words

We will often come across contractions that are formed by combining ‘wh’ words with auxiliaries.

Examples:

  1. Nature-1
  2. Nature-1

Likewise, this can also apply with how, who, what.

Positive and Negative Contractions

  • A negative contraction is a negative verb construction that ends in -'nt.
  • Examples:

    1. Nature-1
    2. Nature-1
  • A positive contraction is a verb construction that doesn’t include the ‘nt’ or ‘not’.
  • Examples:

    1. Nature-1
    2. Nature-1

Why are Contractions Used?

  • Contractions reduces a part of the word so that it saves space in writing and time while speaking.
  • Hence, they make the speech sound lighter in nature.
  • Another reason for using contractions is its usage while framing question tags.

Common Mistakes

  • Avoid using contractions in academic and formal writing. Instead, try to write their full form in such places.
  • Do not confuse between the words it’s and its. Many people find this tricky. Remember, ‘it’s’ is the contraction form of ‘it is’ and ‘its’ is a possessive pronoun.

Incorrect and Correct Usage:

Nature-1
Nature-1
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