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Contractions and Negatives

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on 7 February 2012

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Transcript of Contractions and Negatives

Thank you for your attention!
Writing in Ancient Egypt
Contractions
A
contraction
is a shortened form of two words.
apostrophe
An
is used to show where one or more
letters have been left out.
Some contractions are made by combining
pronouns and verbs.
I + will = I'll
she + is = she's
Other contractions are formed by joining
a verb and not.
do + not = don't
are + not = aren't
*Won't and can't are formed in special ways.
can + not = can't
will + not = won't
Negatives
Negatives
are words that mean
NO
or
NOT:
no, not, never, none, nothing
Contractions with n't (not) are negatives too.
To make a negative statement, use only ONE negative word.
EXAMPLES:
Don't never get in his way.
Do not never get in his way.
There wasn't nobody here.
There was not nobody here.
Don't ever get in his way.
There wasn't anybody here.
*In a sentence with NOT, use POSITIVE words, not NEGATIVES.
RULES
Negative
Positive
nobody
anybody,
somebody
no one
anyone,
someone
none
any, all, some
Negative
Positive
nothing
nowhere
never
anything,
something
anywhere,
somewhere
ever, always
The example: Don't never get in his way.
Do not never get in his way.

This sentence has an error called a double
negative because it has two words that
mean "NO": not (n't) and never.

To correct the sentence you would need to use
only one negative in the sentence.
Don't ever get in his way.
Do not ever get in his way.

Now the sentence is clear because
it uses only one negative.
1. you have
2. he would
3. who has
4. it is
5. will not
6. wasn't nobody
7. don't never
8. weren't no
9. couldn't never
10. wouldn't not


NOTICE!
the contraction endings:
would
or
had
's
is
or
has
'd
=
=
the context of the sentence
tells which word you should use:
She's hungry.
She's eaten.
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