Informal contractions are shortened forms of words and phrases in English sometimes used in casual conversations. They are like slang – a very informal way of speaking.
They are generally used only in spoken English but can also be found in some informal writing like text messages, emails, and social media. We spell the contractions the way they sound and different spellings can be found.
Listed below are some common informal contractions with an example of use. It must be remembered that these contractions are not “correct ” English. The list is merely an attempt to help learners understand what they may hear in very informal conversations or in the lyrics of popular songs.
|You coulda taken the bus.
|Where’s John? I dunno.
|Could you gimme a hand with this?
|We’re all gonna go to the beach.
|I’ve gotta leave early today.
|I hafta pick up the kids from school.
|Here, lemme help you with that.
|There’s still a lotta work to be done.
|It’s kinda chilly outside today.
|You shoulda warned me about the dog.
|Do you wanna see the photographs?
|What do you
|Wha-di-ya think of this?
|What are you
|Wha-tcha gonna do now?
|I woulda come earlier if I’d known.