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    Let's start with let's. Except for some set phrases (example: "Let us pray") let us is almost always expressed as a contraction: let's.

    Example:
    • Let's go!


    It is almost always used to express an imperative, thus:
    • Let's do it!


    However, sometimes it is used to express something like an admonition, thus:
    • Let's do what we ought to do.


    Sometimes it is used to make suggestion, thus:
    • Let's keep this just between us.

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    The negative is 'let's not', but you will also come across 'don't let's'.

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    Let's not
    • Let's not and say we did.


    :wink:

    Let's discuss contractions.

    :)

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    Let's just say we will, in time.
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    Let's do that, shall we?

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    Yes, let's.
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    That's = That is

    • That's all = That is all
      That's all I want = That is all I want
      That's it = That is it
      That's my son = That is my son
      That's my child = That is my child
      That's my daughter = That is my daughter
      That's what I wanted to say = That is what I wanted to say
      That's a good idea = That is a good idea

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    What's = What is

    • What's going on = What is going on?
      What's that? = What is that?
      What's happening? = What is happening?
      What's going to happen? = What is goin to happen?


    What's = What has

    • What's been happening? = What has been happening?
      What's been going on? = What has been going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    What's = What is

    • What's going on = What is going on?
      What's that? = What is that?
      What's happening? = What is happening?
      What's going to happen? = What is goin to happen?


    What's = What has

    • What's been happening? = What has been happening?
      What's been going on? = What has been going on?
    -ouldn't've = -ould not have

    Because of voicless [t], the sound that follows, '-ve' sounds like of, which is where we get the erroneous spelling -ouldn't of.

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    it's = it is

    • It's a man = It is a man
      It's a woman = It is a woman
      It's a boy = It is a boy
      It's a girl = It is a girl
      It's a good thing = It is a good thing
      It's not a good thing = It is not a good thing
      It's time to go = It is time to go
      It's a good day to die = It is a good day to die
      It's a good speech = It is a good speech
      It's hot = It is hot
      It's cold = It is cold
      It's winter = It is winter
      It's summer = It summer


    it's = it has

    • It's been a good day = It has been a good day
      It's been one of those days = It has been one of those days
      It's been good = It has been good
      It's been fun = It has been fun
      It's been a wonderful life = It has been a wonderful life
      It's been a trying time = It has been a trying time

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