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Contractions in English! Learn the definition and a full list of commonly used informal contractions that you could use in your texting or conversation with ESL images.

What Are Contractions?

  • A contraction is a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters and sounds, i.e. I will = I’ll; can not = can’t.
  • Such two-word contractions are commonly used in spoken English.
  • They are like reductions of words, but also have omissions of vowels, consonants or both and are linked to the words on one or both sides.


List of Contractions

Here is a list of some common contractions in English:

  • I’m (I am)
  • you’re (you are)
  • he’s (he is)
  • she’s (she is)
  • it’s (it is)
  • we’re (we are)
  • they’re (they are)
  • can’t (cannot)
  • don’t (do not)
  • won’t (will not)
  • isn’t (is not)
  • aren’t (are not)
  • let’s (let us)
  • I’ll (I will)
  • you’ll (you will)
  • he’ll (he will)
  • she’ll (she will)
  • it’ll (it will)
  • we’ll (we will)
  • they’ll (they will)
  • I’ve (I have)
  • you’ve (you have)
  • we’ve (we have)
  • they’ve (they have)
  • haven’t (have not)
  • hasn’t (has not)
  • hadn’t (had not)
  • who’s (who is)
  • that’s (that is)
  • there’s (there is)
  • here’s (here is)
  • what’s (what is)
  • how’s (how is)
  • when’s (when is)
  • where’s (where is)
  • why’s (why is)
  • would’ve (would have)
  • could’ve (could have)
  • should’ve (should have)
  • might’ve (might have)
  • must’ve (must have)
  • who’ve (who have)

Informal Contractions | Images

These kind of words are short forms of other words that people use when speaking casually. They are not exactly slang, but they are a little like slang.

For example, “gonna” is a short form of “going to”. If you say “going to” very fast, without carefully pronouncing each word, it can sound like “gonna”.






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