The Difference Between Contractions and Compound Words

The word “you’re” is not the same as the word “your,” but we all know that right?!

You’re is actually a (grammar) contraction meaning YOU + ARE. A contraction combines two words by eliminating one or two letters and replacing them with an apostrophe. In the contraction “you’re,” the "a" in the word “are” is replaced with an apostrophe.

Another example is the contraction “you’ll,” which combines the words “you” and “will.” The two letters omitted are "w" and "i" in the word “will.” NOTE: there are special contractions that are not necessarily a combination of two obvious words, but we'll save that for another blog post.

Let's get into compound words...

Like contractions, compound words combine two words to make another word; however, they do not eliminate any letters in any words. For example:

author + ship = authorship
copy + writer = copywriter
brain + storm = brainstorm


I hope the understanding of (grammar) contractions and compound words will help you #LookBetterInWriting...that's always the goal!