The English apostrophe s and s apostrophe cause a lot of problems, even for native speakers. This lesson's task is to help you learn about possessives and contractions that need apostrophes and plurals that don't.
The simple present of the verb BE can be contracted in two ways: with a subject pronoun or with the negative adverb not
The simple present and simple past of the auxiliary verb DO are frequently contracted with the negative adverb not.
This lesson explains how to make contractions with the verb HAVE and a subject pronoun or the negative adverb not.
The phrase could have refers to something that was possible but did not occur in the past. In informal speech, it is contracted to could've, not could of.
What's the difference between hers and her's?
A contraction is a word created by combining two words, removing one or more letters, and replacing them with an apostrophe.
These two English words are very often used incorrectly by native speakers. It's important that you understand the difference.
What's the difference between ours and our's?
The phrase should have indicates a missed obligation or opportunity in the past. In informal speech, it is contracted to should've, not "should of."
What's the difference between their, there, and they're? They're really not that complicated; once you understand their differences, there shouldn't be any more confusion.
What's the difference between theirs and their's?
Who knows the difference between who's and whose? Here's a lesson whose time has come.
The conditional perfect, would have, refers to a missed opportunity in the past. In informal speech, it contracts to would've, not "would of."
What's the difference between your and you're? Your presence on this page means you're about to find out.