Omission of Letters

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Topic 3: Omission of Letters: Use an Apostrophe to Create Contractions

Contractions are the most common type of apostrophe that you will use in daily life (ex. I’m frustrated by autocorrect.). The apostrophe stands in for missing letters to allow you to shorten and combine common word sets. However, in academic writing, you avoid the use of contractions and spell everything out (ex. I am frustrated by autocorrect.). For this reason, you will need to be able to find contractions in your writing and write out the words in full.


Hover over the cards below to see how contractions should be written out.

I don't want to confuse you.

I do not want to confuse you.

I'd like to come to campus tomorrow.

I would like to come to campus tomorrow.

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