I almost titled this “ChanteSez … Don’t contract a typo.” But there are one too many ways to read that sentence.
So let’s get to it: Contractions are pesky. What’s a contraction? Two words — one abbreviated — joined by an apostrophe.
Here’s an easy way to remember when you really want a contraction, particularly the most pesky one, involving the word “are.”
- ARE = APOSTROPHE
- You are = You’re (not to be confused with “your,” a pronoun)
- They are = They’re (not to be confused with “their,” another pronoun)
- Are not = Aren’t