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Chapter 18. Guide to Spelling: Hooked on... > Contractions: Suck It In - Pg. 185

Guide to Spelling: Hooked on Phonics 1.dissorganized 2.diservice 3.disagreable 4.lazyness 5.acrage 6.unatural 7.suddeness 8.costlyness 9.mislayd 10.truely ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ 185 Answers 1.disorganized 2.disservice 3.disagreeable 4.laziness 5.acreage 6. unnatural 7. suddenness 8. costliness 9. mislaid 10. truly Contractions: Suck It In Creating contractions is another useful skill, right up there with knowing how to work an ATM, exe- cute a three-point turn, and rappel down a cliff. Fortunately, it's much easier to learn how to form contractions than it is to work an ATM or do a three-point turn. I'm not even going to discuss moun- tain-type stuff like rappelling. Strictly Speaking Traditionally, contractions are not used in formal writing, such as reports and letters. Using contractions adds a more informal tone to your writing and reproduces the spoken word more accurately in your prose. The basic rule for forming a contraction is a snap: to combine two words, just insert an apostrophe in the space where the letter or letters have been omitted. Here are some examples. Danger, Will Robinson Here's a key exception: will + not = won't (not willn't ). Word #1 I you he we + + + + Word #2 am are is are = = = = Contraction I'm you're he's we're