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Verbs

Verb Contractions

 

Some verbs have shortened forms called contractions. Some of these have positive and negative forms.

The table gives examples of some common positive and negative verb contractions:

Examples of verb contractions
  To Be To Have To do
Positive

I'm happy.
You're happy.
He's/She's/It's happy.
We're happy.
They're happy.

 

I've taken guitar lessons.
You've taken guitar lessons.
He's/She's taken guitar lessons.
We've taken guitar lessons.
They've takenguitar lessons.

I'd taken guitar lessons.
You'd taken guitar lessons.
He'd/She'd/It'd taken guitar lessons.
We'd taken guitar lessons.
They'd taken guitar lessons.

 
Negative

I'm not happy.
You aren't happy.
He/She/It isn't happy.
We aren't happy.
They aren't happy.

I wasn't happy.
You weren't happy.
He/She/It wasn't happy.
We weren't happy.
They weren't happy.

I won't be happy.
You won't be happy.
He/She/It won't be happy.
We won't be happy.
They won't be happy.

I won't have taken guitar lessons.
You won't have taken guitar lessons
He/She/It won't have taken guitar lessons.
We won't have taken guitar lessons.
They won't have taken guitar lessons.

I don't like hot peppers.
You don't like hot peppers.
He/She/It doesn't like hot peppers.
We don't like hot peppers.
They don't like
hot peppers.

I didn't like hot peppers.
You didn't like hot peppers.
He/She/It didn't like hot peppers.
We didn't like hot peppers.
They didn't like
hot peppers.

 

 

 

Some contractions of other helping verbs are:

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