52 Mostly Used Contractions in English and Examples

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List of Popular Contractions in English & 4 Kinds of Abbreviations (Examples)

WritingSkills.web.id - Contractions is one type of abbreviations. In this post, I will explain the definition of contractions, and a list of the contractions that are very popular in everyday English language.

In general, there are 4 main kinds of abbreviations: 

4 Types of Abbreviations

1. Contractions

Contractions are abbreviated forms in which letters from the middle of the full form have been omitted, for example:
  • Dr. is a familiar contraction of doctor.
  • St. is a familiar contraction of saint or street.

Such forms are invariably followed by a period.

Another kind of contraction is the type with an apostrophe marking the omission of letters.

Contraction is a shortened word, that is a shortened form or shortening of a word or phrase, such as:
  • "she'll" for "she will"
  • "can't" for "cannot"
  • "didn't" for "did not"
  • "you've" for "you have"

In English, the omitted letter or letters are usually marked with an apostrophe or a period, depending on the type of contraction.

The following is a list of commonly used contractions in English:
  1. aren't = are not
  2. can't = cannot
  3. couldn't = could not
  4. didn't = did not
  5. doesn't = does not
  6. don't = do not
  7. hadn't = had not
  8. hasn't = has not
  9. he'd = he had; he would
  10. he'll = he will
  11. haven't = have not
  12. he's = he is; he has
  13. here's = here is
  14. I'd = I had; I would; I should
  15. I'll = I will; I shall
  16. I'm = I am
  17. isn't = is not
  18. it'd = it had; it would
  19. it'll = it will
  20. I've = I have
  21. let's = let us
  22. ma'am = madam
  23. mustn't = must not
  24. needn't = need not
  25. oughtn't = ought not
  26. shan't = shall not
  27. she'd = she had; she would
  28. she'll = she will
  29. she's = she is; she has
  30. shouldn't = should not
  31. that'll = that will
  32. that's = that is; that has
  33. there's = there is
  34. they'd = they had; they would
  35. they'll = they will
  36. they're = they are
  37. they've = they have
  38. wasn't = was not
  39. we'd = we had; we would
  40. we'll = we will; we shall
  41. weren't = were not
  42. we've = we have
  43. what's = what is; what has
  44. where's = where is
  45. who's = who is; who has
  46. who've = who have
  47. won't = will not
  48. wouldn't = would not
  49. you'd = you had; you would
  50. you'll = you will
  51. you're = you are
  52. you've = you have

2. Shortenings

Shortenings of words usually consist of the first few letters of the full form and are usually spelled with a final period when they are still regarded as abbreviations, for example:
  • Exam is a familiar abbreviation of examination.
  • cont. is a familiar abbreviation of continued.
  • in is a familiar abbreviation of inch.

In the cases when they form words in their own right, the period is omitted, for example:
  • hippo is a familiar abbreviation of hippopotamus.
  • limo is a familiar abbreviation of limousine.

Such shortenings are often but not always informal. Some become the standard forms, and the full forms are then regarded as formal or technical, for example:
  • bus is a familiar abbreviation of omnibus.
  • taxi is a familiar abbreviation of taxicab.
  • deli is a familiar abbreviation of delicatessen.
  • zoo is a familiar abbreviation of zoological garden.

Sometimes shortenings are altered to facilitate their pronunciation or spelling: bike = bicycle.

3. Initialisms 

Initialisms are made up of the initial letters of words and are pronounced as separate letters: 
  • CIA (or C.I.A.)
  • NYC
  • pm (or p.m.)
  • U.S. (or US)

Practice varies with regard to periods, with current usage increasingly in favor of omitting them, especially when the initialism consists entirely of capital letters. 

4. Acronyms

Acronyms are initialisms that have become words in their own right, or similar words formed from parts of several words. They are pronounced as words rather than as a series of letters and do not have periods, for example: 
  • AIDS
  • laser
  • scuba

In many cases the acronym becomes the standard term and the full form is only used in explanatory contexts.



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Writing Skills: 52 Mostly Used Contractions in English and Examples
52 Mostly Used Contractions in English and Examples
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