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QT-ESL 62 Contractions 1

In this episode we will begin a series of podcasts to practice "contractions". The contracted forms are often an obstacle to comprehension especially as they are used intensively in informal speech.

The best way to learn them is to do a lot of repeating and then test yourself going from the full forms to the contracted forms and vice versa. We hope these series of exercises will make you feel more comfortable when trying to understand and use contractions correctly.

The script of the episode is found below in the PDF file and also directly on this page.

Best regards,
Marianne

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QT-ESL 62 Contractions 1

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QT-ESL 62 Contractions 1

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QT-ESL 62 Contractions 1

QT-ESL Podcast No. 62 Contractions 1

Hi! I’m Marianne Raynaud, and I’m here to help you improve your level of spoken English. This series of podcasts is designed to help you master oral grammar. For work on vocabulary and pronunciation you can go to our other series called “Your English”. For fun with song lyrics try “5 Minute TOPs”. This episode that deals with contractions. Contractions are used in informal speech and can be a major obstacle to comprehension. If you have not studied much English or have problems with comprehension, we suggest you try Podcast No. 9 in this series, which is quite a bit easier. If you just need more practice, then stay with us. Let’s get started.

Listen and repeat these full forms followed by the equivalent contractions.

He will = He’ll
Will he not? = Won’t he?
Did you not tell him? = Didn’t you tell him?
You have not = You haven’t
You had better = You’d better
I would have done it = I’d have done it
He has gone = He’s gone
If I had known = If I’d known
You would forget = You’d forget
You are forgetful = You’re forgetful
You would agree = You’d agree
Would you not? = Wouldn’t you?
It will not = It won’t be
We are relying = We’re relying

Now listen to a short monolog with the above contractions.

The new trainee’ll be checking the software program soon, won’t he? Didn’t you tell him about it? If you haven’t as yet, you’d better do so before he’s gone. I’d have done it myself, if I’d known you’d forget. You’re very forgetful, aren’t you? You’d agree on that point, wouldn’t you? This time the assignment won’t be forgotten, will it? We’re relying on you, you know!

Now listen and repeat the same monolog with full forms.

The new trainee will be checking the software program soon, will he not? Did you not* tell him about it? If you have not as yet, you had better do so before he has gone. I would have done it myself, if I had known you would forget. You are very forgetful, are you not? * You would agree on that point, would you not? * This time the assignment will not be forgotten, will it? We are relying on you, you know!

Finally, listen and repeat the same monolog with the contracted forms.

The new trainee’ll be checking the software program soon, won’t he? Didn’t you tell him about it? If you haven’t as yet, you’d better do so before he’s gone. I’d have done it myself, if I’d known you’d forget. You’re very forgetful, aren’t you? You’d agree on that point, wouldn’t you? This time the assignment won’t be forgotten, will it? We’re relying on you, you know!

Finally, I’ll give the full forms and you’ll say the contracted forms. Listen to the examples.

I say: He will
You say: He’ll
I say: Will he not?
You say: Won’t he?

Now you go on in the same way. Be sure to speak before I give the answer.

He will
He’ll
Will he not?
Won’t he?
Did you not tell him? Didn’t you tell him?
You have not told him
You haven’t told him
You had better do so
You’d better do so
He has gone
He’s gone
If I had known
If I’d known
You would forget
You’d forget
You are forgetful
You’re forgetful
You would agree
You’d agree
Would you not?
Wouldn’t you?
It will not be
It won’t be
We are relying on you
We’re relying on you

To end, I’ll give the contracted forms you’ll say the full forms. Listen to the examples.

I say: He’ll check
You say: He will check

I say: Didn’t you tell him?
You say: Did you not tell him?

Now you go on in the same way. Be sure to speak before I give the answer.

He’ll check
He will check
Won’t he?
Will he not?
You haven’t told him
You have not told him
You’d better do so
You had better do so
He’s gone
He has gone
If I’d known
If I had known
You’d forget
You would forget
You’re forgetful
You are forgetful
You’d agree
You would agree
Wouldn’t you?
Would you not?
It won’t be
It will not be
We’re relying on you
We’re relying on you

That’s the end of this episode. Visit www.qualitytime-esl.com to download the script. For more practice with vocabulary or basic structures try our other series called “Your English”. Teachers interested in more effective teaching can order “QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book” on a DVD or get it immediately in a slightly lighter downloadable version. Bye for now, and don’t forget to keep smiling.

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