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Forming Contractions

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:08
  • What is a Contraction? 0:51
    • Definition of Contraction
    • Quicker to Write and Pronounce, Are Considered Less Formal
    • Apostrophes Used to Create Possessives Are Not Contractions
  • Are Contractions 2:26
    • Forming a Contraction With the Verb 'Are'
    • Using 'Are' Contractions With Nouns or Pronouns in Conversation
  • Have Contractions 3:39
    • Forming a Contraction With the Verb 'Have'
    • Using 'Have' Contractions With Nouns or Pronouns in Conversation
  • Is/Has Contractions 4:19
    • Forming a Contraction With the Verb 'Is' and 'Has'
    • 'Is' and 'Has' Contractions With Nouns and Pronouns in Written and Spoken English
  • Not Contractions 5:44
    • Forming a Contraction With the Adverb 'Not'
    • Contraction From 'Will Not' to Special Form 'Won't', and 'Are Not' to 'Aren't'
  • Will/Shall Contractions 6:41
    • Forming a Contraction With the Verb 'Will' or 'Shall'
    • Contraction Will/Shall With Nouns and Pronouns
  • Would/Had Contractions 7:31
    • Forming Would/Had Contractions
    • Would/Had Contractions With Nouns and Pronouns
  • Other Contractions 8:21
    • Ain't
    • Cause
    • D' is an Informal Contraction For Do
    • Let's
    • Ma'am
    • O'clock
    • Y'all
  • Doubling Contractions 12:56
    • Grammatically Correct but Highly Informal
  • Rules For Contractions 13:44
    • Contractions Are Almost Always Less Formal
    • Academic Writing and Professional Writing Prohibits Contractions
    • Always Use Contractions With Apostrophes
    • Avoid Doubling Contractions
  • Practice 15:11
  • Practice Answers 15:51