Braxton Hicks?

No, not that kind of contraction.

But contractions created by replacing omitted characters with an apostrophe can be a source of confusion, too. Understanding the logic behind their placement makes it much easier.

To create a verbal contraction, insert an apostrophe to replace the omitted letter(s) and close any spaces: cannot = cant, do not = dont, it is = its. Frequently confused with its, a possessive pronoun, it’s is a word worth isolating with Word’s FIND function to verify its intended spelling.

The apostrophe also replaces omitted numbers, usually in dates: 1975 =  ‘75, 1970s = 70s. (In Word, use the closing single quotation mark.)

Next up: Plurals of single lowercase letters

Joy Eckel, Freelance Copy Editor
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