Contractions

Contractions are a type of abbreviation in which letters from the middle of the word are omitted. Examples include:

contraction
full form
Dr
Doctor
St
Saint
Ltd
Limited
Revd
Reverend
 
A contraction can also be an abbreviated form of more than one word, for example: 
contraction
full form
I’ll
I will/I shall
we’ve
we have
shouldn’t
should not

 

  • You do not need to use a full stop at the end of contractions, because the last letter of the original word is still present.
  • In contractions that represent more than one word, the letters that have been omitted should be replaced with an apostrophe.

 

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