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  1. mohammad
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    Hello

    I saw this question and I wonder if it is correct (what's it mean?)

    What is this ('s)?

    Best wishes


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    Exclamation Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammad
    Hello

    I saw this question and I wonder if it is correct (what's it mean?)

    What is this ('s)?

    Best wishes
    's means "is" sometimes. otherwise it is just adding an s. s' means that it belongs to someone. such as Moms' kitchen is all bling-ed up.

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammad
    Hello

    I saw this question and I wonder if it is correct (what's it mean?)

    What is this ('s)?

    Best wishes
    what's it mean? stands for what does it mean?
    does is reduced to one s just like the word is


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    Red face Re: help

    ok... Does is just 1 word. No "is" is not included. You can not include that.
    does is - just put it this way- Does mary have money for lunch?- okay, this sentence is an interrogotive... usually u have interoggotive if u r using does. it could really be either declarative exclamatory or interrogotive. The reason it cant be Imperitive is because it means it is a request or demand.

    ok. since ur putting it that sentence- it means "is" in this sentence.

    -im in 6th grade- summer school, and i even know this stuff- thats kinda wut im "practicing and reviewing"
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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammad
    Hello

    I saw this question and I wonder if it is correct (what's it mean?)

    What is this ('s)?

    Best wishes
    The brackets (. . .) are a little misleading, I agree. Let's take them out and highlight the contents using italics, like this,

    What is this 's?

    The above question means, what does the symbol combination 's mean?

    Other examples
    What is 's?
    What does 's mean?
    What does 's stand for?
    What is this: 's?
    What is this, 's?
    What is this? 's.


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    Talking Re: help

    In spoken English 's can also be used for other contractions ... "The game has been over for an hour." = "The game's been over for an hour."

    To avoid confusion, most teachers say that the 's should only be used in written English for possession (The game's players are all tall.) or for the "~ is" contraction. There's already enough confusion because of the possessive form of "it" drops the apostrophe ("Ahh, poor kitty. Its foot is hurt." "It's a thorn in its paw that's causing its pain.").

    So... to keep it simple, 's means possesion (EXCEPT for something that belongs to "it"), or it is the contracted form of "~ is."

    Other uses exist in spoken English but those are natural reductions and you shouldn't try to express them in formal writing.

    Yes. And so can a question mark if it is part of a quote.

    "Are you coming?" I asked.
    She looked at me and then suddenly shouted,"Yes! Of course I want to go!"
    My response was just as quick, "Well, are you packed?"

    If you mean can it be used just like a period, then the answer is yes! You never use a period after a question mark or exclaimation mark to end a sentnence.

    Hope that helps.


    i asked a teacher..

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    Re: help

    Aangel, thank you for your great explanations. The poster's question, though, wasn't about apostrophe s.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad
    I saw this question and I wonder if it is correct (what's it mean?)

    What is this ('s)?
    The poster asks, is "What is this ('s)?" written correctly? That is, should the ('s) part be in brackets? The answer: No. It shouldn't.

    All the best,

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