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    's instead of has

    Hello,
    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?

    Cheers!

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    Re: 's instead of has

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    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?

    Cheers!
    ***NOT a teacher***I believe you can use 's for "has" as long as it doesn't confuse the listener. Let's try a few: Nightmare's done a great job./Tom's already eaten breakfast/Is it true that Mona's divorced John? Thank you.

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    Exclamation Re: 's instead of has

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT a teacher***I believe you can use 's for "has" as long as it doesn't confuse the listener. Let's try a few: Nightmare's done a great job./Tom's already eaten breakfast/Is it true that Mona's divorced John? Thank you.

    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 15:56.

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