I could have written, “Look what I have done” in today’s heading, but I chose to add a contraction. In this example sentence, I formed one word (I’ve) by joining two together (I have) and dropping some letters and adding an apostrophe.
Why did I do it? To make my writing less stuffy and more natural. It’s what I would say to you if we met in person.
Here’s my list of common contractions. Do you know them all? Do you use them?
cannot can’t he/she will he’ll/she’ll
do not don’t he/she would he’d/she’d
I am I’m they are they’re
I will I’ll they will they’ll
I would I’d there is there’s
it is it’s will not won’t
it will it’ll you are you’re
he/she is he’s/she’s you will you’ll