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Many students are confused on how to properly use contractions in speech. This is one of the most common errors that I see in my students, so I will explain how this should be done and give some examples of pronunciation.
But first, let us remember that a contraction is a short form of a phrase in English and is most commonly used in informal speech and writing. The phrase is shortened (contracted) by removing one or more letters, inserting an apostrophe in their place and making the phrase into a single word.
In more formal writing we should not use contractions, but it is fine to do in friendly communications with your friends and family where an informal tone is appropriate. When you are reading and come to contractions, you should always pronounce them as contractions and not as the longer phrase they represent.
For example: You should say can't instead of cannot if it is written as can't. If you see won't, you should always say won't instead of will not. If you make pronouncing contractions properly a habit, your English speech will sound much more natural. You do want to sound natural don't you?
Practice saying some of these:
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