What You Need to Know About Contractions in English?

Learn definition of contractions and list of commonly used informal contractions in English that you could use in your texting or conversation.

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.
  • These contractions 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 contractions

Informal contractions 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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