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Some Rules of Contractions in English

Sometimes in written and spoken English we contract words.


  1. A: You should go to France.
    B: I will one day.
    Not I'll one day

A number of contractions can not be expanded without reordering the sentence. For example: "Hasn't it been cold there?" cannot be expanded to "Has not it been cold there?" Native speakers will know what it means, of course, but the word order seems wrong. The word order changes with the expansion to: "Has it not been cold there?" You don't have to use the contractation. But you will raise eyebrows if you expand the contraction directly.

More Examples

  1. Do you not like to come to school with me?
  2. Don't you like to come to school with me?
  3. A: You can not do that
    B: Can't I? / Can I not?
    Not Can not I?


Contractions must match spelling rules and not follow speech too literally. so: I want to do that
Not I wanna do that

Here the contraction is common and acceptable in spoken English but not good in written English.
Image For each sentence with a contraction. Write the sentence again without any contractions.
  1. Why aren't I?
    Why am I not (Notice the conjugation change)
  2. Can't you see that?
    Can you not see that? (The pronoun has to move to avoid the contraction.
  3. I'd love to have more time?
  4. She's been here before, hasn't she?
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