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Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 2

In this worksheet, students practise spelling contracted (shortened) forms of pronouns and verbs.

'Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Read Words with Contractions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we shorten words we use an apostrophe to show that letters have been missed out.

For example, do not becomes don't, and the apostrophe shows that the 'o' has been missed out of the word not.

 

We often run words into each other and shorten them when we use pronouns (words like I, you, he, she and it) and verbs.

I'm going out soon.

He's leaving tonight.

We're having a party tomorrow.

Match the shortened forms of the pronouns and verbs with their full versions.

Column A

Column B

I'm
we have
she's
you will
they're
I am
we've
she is
you'll
it has
it's
they are

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

I will

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

he is

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

they are

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

we have

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

you are

This time, write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

it's

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

I've

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

we're

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

he'll

  • Question 1

Match the shortened forms of the pronouns and verbs with their full versions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

I'm
I am
she's
she is
they're
they are
we've
we have
you'll
you will
it's
it has
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? We can use an apostrophe to shorten and combine two words together. When looking at a question with many answers start with the ones you know. Then work through each one and think about which answer makes the most sense. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 2

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

I will

CORRECT ANSWER
I'll
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes more than one letter is missed out. The letters 'w' and 'i' have been missed out in this one. The apostrophe shows the reader that there are letters missing and you have combine two words to make one. Good effort!
  • Question 3

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

he is

CORRECT ANSWER
he's
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? 'He is' becomes 'he's'. We use the apostrophe in place of the 'i'. The meaning of the word does not change.
  • Question 4

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

they are

CORRECT ANSWER
they're
EDDIE SAYS
Again here two words become one. The 'a' is dropped and the space is removed. We use the apostrophe is used to show the 'a' is missing. Keep going you have got this!
  • Question 5

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

we have

CORRECT ANSWER
we've
EDDIE SAYS
This can be tricky as both the 'ha' in 'have' are dropped. 'We have' becomes 'we've'. Did you remember the apostrophe after 'we'? Give the next question a go!
  • Question 6

Write the shortened form of this pronoun and verb. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

you are

CORRECT ANSWER
you're
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this yet? When we combine two words together to make one it is called a contraction. 'You are' becomes 'you're'. We use the apostrophe to show that the 'a' is missing. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 7

This time, write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

it's

CORRECT ANSWER
it is
it has
EDDIE SAYS
This example could have two possible answers. 'It's' can be short for 'it has' as well as 'it is'. Keep going super star!
  • Question 8

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

I've

CORRECT ANSWER
I have
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Remember that the pronoun 'I' always needs a capital letter.
  • Question 9

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

we're

CORRECT ANSWER
we are
EDDIE SAYS
How you doing? Did you remember that 'we're' is a contraction for 'we are'? The 'a' has been dropped and replaced with an apostrophe to show that it is two words that has been combined. Try the next question. You are nearly done!
  • Question 10

Write out the pronoun and verb in full.

 

he'll

CORRECT ANSWER
he will
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? 'He'll' is a contraction for 'he will'. The 'w' has been dropped. We use an apostrophe to show that there is a letter missing as two words have been combined to make one. High five for effort!
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