Contractions help keep things human and con­ver­sa­tion­al. Use them liberally!

Some reminders:

  • It’s” is a contraction of it is” or it has.” The possessive form of it” is its.”
  • The contraction I’d” can mean I would” or I had.” Reserve the apostrophe d” for con­trac­tions of would.” (Using it for had” is less common and the meaning could easily get lost.)
  • You’ve got and we’ve got” are unnecessary. They’re no different than just have.” Leave got” out.
  • Avoid con­trac­tions when trying to emphasize a point. Words that are vital to the message shouldn’t be contracted.

Your invoice is not yet paid. It is due tomorrow.

She’d completed the drill.

Don’t use contractions for the verb “had.”

I haven’t done the drill yet.

Do use contractions to be conversational.

Check out this section for more on the power of the apostrophe.

Last Updated: 20 May 2020 at 10:54am CDT