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Positive Contractions


Be careful. Some contractions can have two or three meanings. For example, he'd can be he had or he would. It depends on the rest of the sentence. Look at these examples:

  • He'd like to go. (He would like to go.)
  • He'd finished when I arrived. (He had finished when I arrived.)

The contraction 's (= is or has) is not used only with pronouns. It can also be used with nouns, names, question words and words like "here" and "there", for example: The train's late. John's arrived. Where's the phone? Here's your change. There's a policeman.

Short form Long form
I'm I am
I've I have
I'll I will/I shall
I'd I would/I should/I had
you're you are
you've you have
you'll you will
you'd you had/you would
he's he has/he is
he'll he will
he'd he had/he would
she's she has/she is
she'll she will
she'd she had/she would
it's it has/it is
it'll it will
we're we are
we've we have
we'll we will
we'd we had/we would
they're they are
they've they have
they'll they will
they'd they had/they would

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