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    Can 'it is' always be abbreviated to 'it's'?

    In an essay about part-time jobs for students, a student wrote:

    "They get the feeling of earning money, and it makes them see how important itís to get an education."

    The it's here sounds very strange to me, is there a rule that excludes the abbreviation of it is to it's in certain circumstances?

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    Re: Can 'it is' always be abbreviated to 'it's'?

    Quote Originally Posted by currywuss View Post
    In an essay about part-time jobs for students, a student wrote:

    "They get the feeling of earning money, and it makes them see how important itís to get an education."

    The it's here sounds very strange to me, is there a rule that excludes the abbreviation of it is to it's in certain circumstances?
    Yes, there is a rule and this is a clear infraction of it! 'It is' cannot be abbreviated unless it is directly followed by its complement. (The complement here (how important) precedes the verb.)

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