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Tuesday 8th December 2020

L.C. To understand the function of an apostrophe in contractions.


What is an apostrophe?


An apostrophe is punctuation that is placed within a word. It is written at letter height rather than on the line. 


We use apostrophes for 2 reasons.

  1. to replace missing letters in contracted words
  2. to show possession


When we make a word shorter or join 2 words together to make 1 this is called contracted form. This is done when the conversation is informal. 


An example of this:


"I cannot come out to play tonight."


"I can't come out to play tonight."


On your whiteboards write down the word/words that have changed in the following sentences.


"I do not like eating cabbage."

"I don't like eating cabbage."


"My dog does not like chasing a ball."

"My dog doesn't like chasing a ball."


"I think they are open today"

"I think they're open today."



Here are some examples of how we contract 2 words to become one.


You are ----------> You're

They are ----------> They're

Does not ----------> Doesn't

There is ----------> There's


Notice how the letter that is highlighted changes into an apostrophe when the word is contracted.

Also notice that now rather than 2 words there is just 1.

Make sure when writing the contracted word that the letters in the word stay in the same order.


Task 1


Have a go at contracting the following words. Think carefully about what letter needs to be omitted (changed for an apostrophe).


Do not ---------->

Was not ---------->

I am ---------->

You will ---------->

He is ---------->


Task 2


Read the information on the page carefully then have a go at the activities and quiz below. Show your teacher your score.


Home learners please could you take a photo of your English work and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.