The definition overlaps with the grammatical term portmanteau (a linguistic blend ), but a distinction can be made between a portmanteau and a contraction by noting that contractions are formed from words that would otherwise appear together in sequence, such as do and not, whereas a portmanteau word is formed by combining two or more existing words that all relate to a singular concept which the portmanteau describes. Used through to 9cm dialated So easy to use, I wanted to labor at home as long as possible- once contractions started they were 4 minutes apart and I was able to keep track easily through to 2-3 minutes apart and got to the hospital at 9.5cm dilated.
In speech, we often pronounce could’ve, should’ve, and would’ve in a way that sounds identical to could of,” should of,” and would of.” But you should never write could of, should of, or would of. Remember, could’ve, should’ve, and would’ve are contractions that mean could have, should have, and would have.
If you attend my classes… you will hear that you need to go to the hospital when your contractions are four minutes apart, lasting a full minute for at least an hour =411…If you do this you will be well established into labor and if you plan to go without medication you will not be at the hospital too early and yet not too late if you decided you wanted medication.
This is probably based both on the common knowledge that Norwegian has a more widespread use of letters like F , K and S ; disfavouring letters like C , Q , X and digraphs like PH (compared to English , Portuguese , Spanish , French , German , Swedish and Danish , which are (some of) the languages Norwegians are most familiar with); and that most Norwegians are so familiar with the Norwegian language that they don’t realise the great difference between the written and spoken language.
Of course, learning contractions is particularly important for ESL students and speakers of foreign languages who will hear spoken contractions often and will need to be able to both recognize and reproduce them in writing as well as not confuse contractions and possessives.