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Apostrophes in Contractions

From My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales
by Edric  Vredenburg; Illustrated by Jennie Harbour

    An apostrophe is used to indicate that letters have been left out. This usually happens when two words are combined into one. The resulting word is called a "contraction." For example, "it's" is a contraction of "it is."



Directions:
1. Fix the apostrophe problem in each sentence. 
2. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase. Draw an arrow from the beginning of each phrase to the word it modifies.
3. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements ("PN," "PA," "IO," "DO").
 

1. Cant you come and try to help me?

["Snow-White and Rose-Red"]


2. "Dont be so impatient," said Snow-White.

["Snow-White and Rose-Red"]


3. "Im not such a simpleton as that!" yelled the little man.

["Snow-White and Rose-Red"]


4. Couldn't you have held me more gently?

["Snow-White and Rose-Red"]


5. "Surely Ive done no great harm in kicking an animal that annoyed me."

["Prince Chéri"]


6. "Whats the use of being ruler of a great empire if I may not treat my 

dog as I will?" 

["Prince Chéri"]


7. I dont think you are ungrateful.

["The White Cat"]


8. "Im going to kill you," roared the Beast still more loudly.

["Beauty and the Beast"]


9. Ill take tea too, please.

["Beauty and the Beast"]


10. Its taken years to cultivate this sort of rose.

["Beauty and the Beast"]