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Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 1

In this worksheet, students practise using the apostrophe to spell shortened forms of the word 'not'.

'Making Words Shorter: Using Apostrophes 1' 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 talk we often run our words together.

This little girl is likely to say, 'I don't want to go to bed!', rather than 'I do not want to go to bed!'

 

When we write don't we use an apostrophe to show that the letter 'o' has been missed out.

There are many other words like this.

is not / isn't

have not / haven't

are not / aren't

 

Two unusual ones are won't (short for will not) and shan't (short for shall not).

Match up the shortened forms of the words in the list with their full versions.

Column A

Column B

don't
had not
isn't
can not
hadn't
is not
won't
will not
wouldn't
do not
can't
would not

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

does not

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

had not

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

could not

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

will not

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

do not

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

isn't

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

wouldn't

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

aren't

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

shan't

  • Question 1

Match up the shortened forms of the words in the list with their full versions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

don't
do not
isn't
is not
hadn't
had not
won't
will not
wouldn't
would not
can't
can not
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The key thing to remember when learning contractions is that the meaning of the word does not change. When writing contractions we are making two words become one and using an apostrophe to show that we know there are some letters missing. Make sure you understand what each one means before you continue. You can do this!
  • Question 2

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

does not

CORRECT ANSWER
doesn't
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for giving this a try. Remember when writing contractions all we are doing is putting two words together to make one. In the example 'does not', you need to drop the space between the two words and the 'o' from the word 'not' and put an apostrophe in it's place to show that you know there is a missing letter. Try the next question.
  • Question 3

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

had not

CORRECT ANSWER
hadn't
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The same rule works here. You are putting two words together to become one. Drop the 'o' from the word 'not' and replace it with an apostrophe. Keep it up super star!
  • Question 4

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

could not

CORRECT ANSWER
couldn't
EDDIE SAYS
Although the first words are different each time, you follow the same simple steps. remove the space between words, get rid of the 'o' from the word 'not' and put an apostrophe in it's place to show that there is a missing letter there. You have got this!
  • Question 5

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

will not

CORRECT ANSWER
won't
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember that this is an unusual one? This example works slightly differently. Instead of keeping the first word the same like in the other examples, this word changes completely. If you are stuck put the word into a sentence and imagine how you would say it? Which word would you use to say 'will not'?
  • Question 6

Write the shortened form of these words. Don't forget the apostrophe!

 

do not

CORRECT ANSWER
don't
EDDIE SAYS
Back to the normal simple steps with this one! Did you get it right? Just remember to use an apostrophe to show that there is a letter missing. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 7

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

isn't

CORRECT ANSWER
is not
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? You will be an expert in no time!
  • Question 8

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

wouldn't

CORRECT ANSWER
would not
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? This time we are writing the words in full. This means we need to make one word become two. You just follow the same steps but backwards! Put int the space where the words need to separated and then replace the apostrophe with the 'o' to complete the word 'not'. Nearly there now!
  • Question 9

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

aren't

CORRECT ANSWER
are not
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage it? You can do this! Remember the simple steps and word backwards. Make sure you put a space between words and replace the apostrophe with the missing letter from the word 'not'. Give the last question a try!
  • Question 10

This time, write the full version of the shortened word.

 

shan't

CORRECT ANSWER
shall not
EDDIE SAYS
Last question and it was a tricky one! Did you remember that this one is unusual, too? The contraction 'shan't' is short for 'shall not'. Great effort. Well done!
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