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Contractions are commonly used in English. Contractions are the reductions in word sounds by the dropping of a letter or letters in the word.

The page examines the contractions of the 'to be ' verbs (is, am , are) with nouns and pronouns and the modal verbs (should, could, must, and might) with have.

Listen to the following contractions. First, the words are spoken separately, then with the contraction, and finally used in a sentence. 

Contractions of the to be verb  
    I am I'm I'm going to be late for work.
    we are we're We're celebrating the holiday in Aspen.
    they are they're  They're glad you came. 
    it is it's    It's cold in here.
    car is car's My car's running well after the tune-up.
    Bob is Bob's Bob's never going to amount to much.
    what is what's What's the matter with you?
  NOTE- they're, there, and their are all pronounced the same.  

Note: When the past tense 'were' is contracted, it sounds just like the contraction for 'are'. Because of this,

   'were' is not usually contracted because it causes confusion for listeners.

Contractions of modal verbs (should, could, must, might)  
    should have should've   You should've done your homework.
    could have could've I could've had a V-8.   
    must have must've      He must've answered incorrectly.   
    might have might've  She might've eaten it already.  

Note:  If a vowel follows 'have', it is commonly pronounced as uhv. If a consonant follows 'have' it is

   commonly pronounced as uh.


          Other Contraction Pages

               Page 1     Contractions with will

               Page 3     Contractions with Wh- words and have/has

               Page 4     Contractions with  Wh- words and did

                                  Contractions with would and had  






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