Interested in Language
Usually we someone says: "It's been a while.", he means "It has been a while."
When we say "It's a great job.", we mean "It is a great job."
Now the main question:
Can we also say:
"The man's spoken." instead of "The man has spoken."
Can we only use an 's instead of a has when there is a been?
Your logic is quite sound and that is also the accepted practice. However there is prescriptuve rule; the contacted form is not used where has/have is used as a full verb; as:
Nightmare has a good breakfast. not - Nightmare's a good breakfast.
We have a new car. not - We've a new a car.
Last edited by sarat_106; 08-Feb-2010 at 14:56.