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    Contractions - it was - it's

    I saw in this thread examples of
    "it's" as contraction of "it has" have
    been discussed: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2442

    Can it be used as a contraction for
    "it was"?

    Thanks

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    Hi,

    "It's" is a contraction for "it is".
    Can "it's" be also used as a contraction
    for "it has" or "it was"?

    For example: "It's been nice meeting you."
    Here, does "it's" mean "it has".

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Contractions - it was - it's

    "It was" contracts to 'twas, which is no longer in use in Modern English. "It was" wouldn't contract to "It's" because it has a word-initial consonant w-. There are only two possibilities for "It's": It is, It has. The contraction is possible because "is" has a word-initial vowel, i-, and "has" has word-initial h-.


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    Re: Contractions - it was - it's

    Thank you Casiopea for your response.

    >"It was" contracts to 'twas, which is no longer in use in Modern English. "It was" wouldn't >contract to "It's" because it has a word-initial consonant w-. There are only two possibilities >for "It's": It is, It has. The contraction is possible because "is" has a word-initial vowel, i-, >and "has" has word-initial h-.

    I'm sorry I could not catch the difference between:
    "has" has word-initial h-.
    and
    ("was" ) has a word-initial consonant w

    Thanks

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    Re: Contractions - it was - it's

    Quote Originally Posted by Cas
    "It's": It is, It has. The contraction is possible because "is" has a word-initial vowel, i-, >and "has" has word-initial h-.
    With contractions, the apostrophe (') replaces a missing vowel:

    EX: It is => It's

    The sound represented by the letter "h" is a puff of air, and so it's often dropped:

    EX: It has => It _as => It's

    The sound represented by the letter "w" requires a great deal of articulation: rounded lips, vibrating vocal folds, raised tongue height, so it's never dropped:

    EX: It was => It was

    In short, It was cannot contract to It's beacuse "w" is in the way.


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    Thanks again Casiopea for patiently explaining the answer in so much detail.
    I appreciate it.

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    Re: Contractions - it was - it's

    You're most welcome.

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