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Contractions (Basic)

English

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What are Contractions?

Since the word 'contract' means to shorten or squeeze together, it seems logical that a contraction is two words made into one by putting an apostrophe where letters have been omitted. 
 Words like can't (can + not), don't (do + not), and I've (I + have) are all contractions.

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Usage of Contractions in Sentences

They're is a contraction for they are

Let's rewrite the given sentence using contractions: They are happy to see me.

Its contracted form would be: They're happy to see me.

Observe how we've contracted they are to they're.