How to contract words
Contractions are often used in spoken and informal language. However, their spelling can often be confused with possessives due to their self-same pronunciation.
The rule is that a contraction ALWAYS has an apostrophe. Therefore, we can know that, whenever possessives and contractions clash, the apostrophe is removed from the possessive but remains with the contraction.
A list of possessives and contractions:
- its and it's (it is)
- his and he's (he is)
- whose and who's (who is)
- theirs and there's (there is)
- your and you're (you are)
- their and they're (they are)