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    there's = there is

    • There's one = There is one
      There's another = There is another
      There's a red balloon = There is a red balloon
      There's gold in those hills = There is gold in those hills
      Where there's water there's life = Where there is water there is life
      There's a lot of water in the river = There is a lot of water in the river

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    Negative:

    There's not a lot I can do about it.
    There isn't much I can do about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Negative:

    There's not a lot I can do about it.
    There isn't much I can do about it.
    There's not much I can do about it either.

    :wink:

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    "Irregular" contractions:


    won't = will not

    Examples:
    • I don't want to do it, so I won't do it.
      I won't do it unless you make me do it.
      I won't promise you anything.
      I won't do anything.
      Why won't you help me?
      It won't work.
      He won't work.
      She won't work.
      They won't work.
      We won't work.


    From those last five sentences, we can plainly see that nobody wants to work.

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    The nots:
    • hasn't = has not
      isn't = is not
      don't = do not
      doesn't = does not
      won't = will not
      haven't = have not
      can't = can not
      wouldn't = would not
      shouldn't = should not
      couldn't = could not
      mustn't = must not


    He hasn't been here in a long time.
    He isn't here now.
    I don't know when he will be here.
    He doesn't know when he will get here.
    I won't know until he gets here.
    I haven't been told.
    I can't find out.
    I wouldn't tell you if I knew.
    I shouldn't tell you.
    I couldn't tell you if I wanted to.
    I mustn't tell anyone.

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    + the BE "shan't" for 'shall not'. However, I must say that I can't remember the last time I heard it. More and more, 'shall' is restricted to questions and formal language, where the contraction would be less likely to occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    + the BE "shan't" for 'shall not'. However, I must say that I can't remember the last time I heard it. More and more, 'shall' is restricted to questions and formal language, where the contraction would be less likely to occur.
    Actually, I was going to put shan't on the list, but, as you said, it isn't used much, so I won't let it bother me that it isn't there.

    :wink:

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    I wouldn't worry about it.

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    he's = he is
    she's = she is
    it's = it is
    what's = what is
    who's = who is
    there's = there is
    where's = where is

    • He's not here = He is not here
      He's somewhere else = He is somewhere else
      He's not in his room = He is not in his room
      He's not answering the phone = He is not answering the phone
      He's from France = He is from France
      He's not my brother = He is not my brother
      He's asleep = He is asleep
      He's not awake = He is not awake


    • She's here = She is here
      She's well = She is well
      She's quick = She is quick
      She's from Canada = She is from Canada
      She's living in Japan = She is living in Japan
      She's my friend = She is my friend
      She's not my sister = She is not my sister
      She's sleeping on satin sheets = She is sleeping on satin sheets


    • It's a good thing = It is a good thing
      It's morning = It is morning
      It's time to get up = It is time to get up
      It's dark outside = It is dark outside
      It's going to be a rainy day = It is going to be a rainy day


    • What's that? = What is that?
      What's the matter? = What is the matter?
      What's the time? = What is the time?
      What's for breakfast? = What is for breakfast?


    • Who's there? = Whos is there?
      Who's that? = Who is that?
      Who's calling? = Who is calling?
      I don't know who's driving the bus = I don't know who is driving the bus


    • There's a freckle on your face = There is a freckle on your face
      There's someone sitting in your place = There is someone sitting in your place
      There's a car in your space = There is a car in your space
      There's a woman in the race = There is a woman in the race
      There's a girl whose name is Grace = There is a girl whose name is Grace


    • Where's my hat? = Where is my hat?
      Where's my wallet? = Where is my wallet?
      Where's my head? = Where is my head?
      Where is the train? = Where is the train?

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    he's = he has
    she's = she has
    it's = it has
    what's = what has
    who's = who has
    there's = there has
    where's = where has

    • He's been my friend = He has been my friend
      He has not struggled = He has not struggled
      He's never been helpful = He has never been helpful
      He's always been a nuisance = He has always been a nuisance
      He's never bled = He has never bled
      He's never been dead = He has never been dead
      He's been here since last Tuesday = He has been here since last Tuesday


    • She's been here before = She has been here before
      She's been to the store = She has been to the store
      She's been asleep for an hour = She has been asleep for an hour
      She's had the power = She has had the power


    • It's been fun = It has been fun
      It's been a good day = It has been a good day


    • What's been going on? = What's been going on?
      What's been going on here? = What's been going on here?
      Who's been sleeping in my bed? Who has been sleeping in my bed?
      Who's taken my keys? = Who has taken my keys?
      There's been someone in my room = There has been someone in my room
      Where's he been? = Where has he been?
      Where's the time gone = Where has the time gone?

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