English Contraction and Connective Speech

What is Contraction?

A contraction is the combination of two words into a shortened form with the omission of some internal letters and the use of an apostrophe. We use contractions in everyday speech and informal writing. Contractions are also generally avoided in business reports and journal articles.

Contractions and connective speech

Contraction with I ,We & You

I am – I’m – I’m waiting for my friend.

We are – We’re – We’re working hard on the smith account this week.

You are – You’re – You’re joking.

I will – I’ll – I’ll see you tomorrow.

We will – We’ll- We’ll begin when he arrives.

You will – You’ll – You’ll be sorry.

I would – I’d – I’d better leave now.

You had – You’d better hurry up.

We would – We’d – We’d finished the meeting before you arrived.

I had – I’d – I’d already eaten by the time he come.

You have – You’ve – You’ve been to London many years.

We have – We’ve – We’ve been waiting for you.

I have – I’ve – I’ve worked here for many years.

Contraction with He & She

He is – He’s – He’s – He’s on the phone now.

She is – She’s – She’s watching football match.

He has – He’s – He’s been playing cricket since 10 am this morning.

She would – She’d – She’d like to have a glass of wine.

He will – He’ll – He’ll be here tomorrow.

She will – She’ll – She’ll be at the meeting.

He had – He’d – He’d prefer to meet you later in the week.

Contraction with It & That

It is – It’s – It’s – It’s very difficult to concentrate.

That is – That’s – That’s why I can’t come.

It has – It’s – It’s been long time since we saw each other last.

That will – That’ll – That’ll happen sooner than you think.

It will – It’ll – It’ll be here soon.

That would –  That’d – That’d be the reason.

It would – It’d – It’d be difficult to say no.

Contraction with They & There

They are: They’re – They’re arriving German this afternoon.

There is – There’s – There’s a hotel in the next town.

They have – They’ve – They’ve just bought a new phone.

There will – There’ll –There’ll be a price to pay.

They will – They’ll – They’ll – They’ll finish soon if they concentrate.

There had – There’d – There’d better to be a good explanation.

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