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    How's = How is / was

    How's is the contraction of How is.
    Can How's be used as the contraction of How was?

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    Re: How's = How is / was

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    How's is the contraction of How is.
    Can How's be used as the contraction of How was?
    I sure don't thnk so. (unless someone proves me wrong)
    But it can be the contraction for 'How has'.
    How's he been getting away with that?
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    Re: How's = How is / was

    NOT A TEACHER

    I just want to add one more..

    How's = how is, how has and how does

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    Re: How's = How is / was

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Darien View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I just want to add one more..

    How's = how is, how has and how does

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    Re: How's = How is / was

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    How's is the contraction of How is.
    Can How's be used as the contraction of How was?
    Not in writing, though in informal conversation it may sound as though how was is produced as how's.
    The same is true of how does - never in writing.
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    Re: How's = How is / was

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Not in writing, though in informal conversation it may sound as though how was is produced as how's.
    But I don't think that "How's" can be a contraction of "How was", because at least in many sentences one wouldn't know if "How's" is supposed to mean "How is" or "How was".
    How's he supposed to know that? (is or was?)


    The same is true of how does - never in writing.
    "How's" is used as a contraction of "How does", as in 'How's he do that?', but it is much more commonly used as a contraction for "How is".
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    Re: How's = How is / was

    2006. "How's" is used as a contraction of "How does", as in 'How's he do that?'

    It may sound like that in conversation, but wouldn't you agree that it is never written in that form, except perhaps in the most informal writing?


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    Re: How's = How is / was

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    2006. "How's" is used as a contraction of "How does", as in 'How's he do that?'

    It may sound like that in conversation, but wouldn't you agree that it is never written in that form, except perhaps in the most informal writing?
    I agree. I wouldn't use it in writng and I'm not even sure I use it in speech. In fact, I
    didn't even think of "How does" in my initial post here. But Eden reminded me that I have heard "How's" used as a contraction of 'How does', at least in speech.

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