Contractions

When we are speaking in English, we will often connect the subject of the sentence and the first auxiliary verb by connecting them with a contraction. We usually use contractions when we are speaking or writing informally. Do not use them when speaking or writing formally.

I have been I’ve been
We have been We’ve been
The cat has been The cat’s been
She has been She’s been
He has been He’s been
Joe has been Joe’s been
They have been They’ve been
We have been We’ve been

Look at the following examples:

  • Joe’s been exercising this morning.
  • She’s been baking a cake today.
  • We’ve been driving since yesterday.

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