A contraction is the shortening of a word or group of words by the omission of one or more letters, which omission is then replaced by an apostrophe. We these in verbal language all the time. The use of an apostrophe replaces some of the internal letters in writing. This form of words and phrases are used in situations where writing space is the main consideration. You will find it ever present in all forms of display advertising. Many times, advertisers are limited on the number of characters they can use in their language. A good contraction can save those valuable characters to help you get your message out. You find their use limited, if at all, in very formal writing such as academic and professional papers.
In this section we focus on identify and using them in basic sentences. If you progress to our writing worksheet section, you will find activities that encourage students to work on the placement of contractions in full length informal works. This is where we want our students to move forward towards. This collection of worksheets will teach your students how to use contractions by having them identify the words that a contraction is made of, combining words in order to make a smoother transition, placing apostrophes in the correct place, and more. Answer keys have been provided for instructors. Fun Fact: The incorrect use of an apostrophe+s when creating plural nouns-inadvertently turning them into possessives-is known as the "greengrocer's apostrophe."