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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