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Apostrophes in general English

Although not acceptable in academic English, you can use an apostrophe in informal writing to show contractions:

  • I’ll = I will: I’ll see you tomorrow.
  • he’s = he is: He’s an important person in his community.
  • it’s = it is/ isn’t = is not: It’s / It isn’t cold outside.
  • can’t = cannot: He can’t cope with the pressure of work.