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.
Informal Contraction | Video
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”.