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Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 3

In this worksheet, students learn how to use an apostrophe to shorten words (contraction).

'Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read Words with Contractions

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

does not / doesn't

she is / she's

they are / they're

 

Sometimes the same shortened form can stand for more than one full version.

for example:

She would come if she could. / She'd come if she could.

She had been to feed the ducks in the park. / She'd been to feed the ducks in the park.

 

We use 'd to shorten both the words would and had, but people can understand what we mean when they read the whole sentence.

 

Another shortened form that stands for more than one full version is 's.

It is Monday today. / It's Monday today.

It has been raining all morning. / It's been raining all morning.

 

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

She's been learning the violin for three years.

She is

She has

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

They'd go to Disneyworld if they could afford it.

They had

They would

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

Paul said he'd been to the match on Saturday.

he had

he would

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

They say it's going to snow tomorrow.

it is

it has

For the next six questions you need to write out the whole sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

Carly doesn't cry much even though she's only a baby.

Write out both sentences, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

We haven't got any time to waste! The train's going in two minutes!

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

Oliver said he'd come if he wasn't busy.

Write out both sentences, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

You can't do that! You'll be in trouble if you're caught!

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

I wasn't allowed to stay up and watch the game, but I'd have loved to.

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

We could've won if you hadn't missed that penalty.

  • Question 1

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

She's been learning the violin for three years.

CORRECT ANSWER
She has
  • Question 2

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

They'd go to Disneyworld if they could afford it.

CORRECT ANSWER
They would
  • Question 3

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

Paul said he'd been to the match on Saturday.

CORRECT ANSWER
he had
  • Question 4

Read the sentence and decide what the full version of the shortened form should be.

 

They say it's going to snow tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
it is
  • Question 5

For the next six questions you need to write out the whole sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

Carly doesn't cry much even though she's only a baby.

CORRECT ANSWER
Carly does not cry much even though she is only a baby.
  • Question 6

Write out both sentences, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

We haven't got any time to waste! The train's going in two minutes!

CORRECT ANSWER
We have not got any time to waste! The train is going in two minutes!
  • Question 7

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

Oliver said he'd come if he wasn't busy.

CORRECT ANSWER
Oliver said he would come if he was not busy.
  • Question 8

Write out both sentences, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

You can't do that! You'll be in trouble if you're caught!

CORRECT ANSWER
You cannot do that! You will be in trouble if you are caught!
You can not do that! You will be in trouble if you are caught!
EDDIE SAYS
Usually 'cannot' is written as one word instead of two.
  • Question 9

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

I wasn't allowed to stay up and watch the game, but I'd have loved to.

CORRECT ANSWER
I was not allowed to stay up and watch the game, but I would have loved to.
  • Question 10

Write out the sentence, using the full versions of words instead of shortened versions.

 

We could've won if you hadn't missed that penalty.

CORRECT ANSWER
We could have won if you had not missed that penalty.
EDDIE SAYS
A lot of people (including grown-ups!) write 'could of' instead of 'could have' but it is wrong. The short form 'could've' always stands for 'could have'.
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