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Learn English: Contractions using the verb 'to be'

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Contractions are widely used in conversational, spoken English.

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Let's look at how we can use contractions using the verb 'to be' correctly.

Contractions involve joining two words together — using an apostrophe. They are commonly used in informal written English and spoken English.

When forming a contraction with the verb 'to be', we can use the simple present tense of the verb.

Uncontracted Contracted
I am I'm
You are You're
He/She/It is He's/She's/It's
We are We're
They are They're

Here are some examples:

Annoyed woman with her arms folded.
Find out how to form a negative statement using the verb 'to be'.

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To create a negative statement, we use the adverb 'not' after the contraction.

Uncontracted Contracted
I am not I'm not
You are not You're not
He/She/It is not He's not/She's not/It's not
We are not We're not
They are not They're not

Here are some examples:

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