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    's contraction

    Hi,
    The following is a dialogue of an american TV series, I want to know whether the ( 's ) of the red colored verb refers to "is" or "has",
    - A man and his wife are talking about an annoying man whom the wife want him to work with his husband but the husband is so pissed off of that.
    - It looks like it refers to "has" but I know that American native speakers tend to use the simple past over the past perfect. So I think it's simple present in a passive form, am I right?

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    I just feel bad for
    him, that's all.


    138
    00:05:58,892 --> 00:06:00,893
    He's like a... Like
    a full-grown dog


    139
    00:06:00,961 --> 00:06:02,828
    that's still at the pet shop.


    140
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    You know, they slashed
    the price 5 times,


    141
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    but you know he ain't
    goin' anywhere.


    142
    00:06:08,169 --> 00:06:11,204
    And you know why?
    'Cause he's annoying!


    143
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    Oh, all right. You know what?


    144
    00:06:12,939 --> 00:06:15,341
    It's your work. I'm sorry. I
    shouldn't have interfered.


    145
    00:06:15,409 --> 00:06:18,978
    That's right. It's my work, ok?
    And I don't want him there.


    146
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    I don't know what
    the big deal is.


    147
    00:06:20,781 --> 00:06:23,583
    The big deal is what I
    just said over there, ok?


    148
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    Don't want him working
    where I work.


    149
    00:06:25,719 --> 00:06:27,920
    I'm at the closet now,
    but nothing's changed.


    150
    00:06:27,988 --> 00:06:30,723
    The feeling moves with me!

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    #2

    Re: 's contraction

    The red apostrophe-s represents has. It's the auxiliary for the present perfect has changed.

    All the others are is. The ain't is a nonstandard but common form of isn't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: 's contraction

    Could you, please explain to me why you believe it refers to "has" not "is"?
    I think there is nothing wrong with it being "is". The meaning won't change.

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    #4

    Re: 's contraction

    "Nothing is changed" doesn't make sense there. That sentence ("Nothing is changed") can only refer to a habitual action.

    What has changed since the last time you were here?
    Nothing has changed.
    Nothing is changed.

    What is changed about the plot each time you do a rewrite?
    Nothing is changed. I keep the plot exactly the same. Only the character names are changed.
    Nothing has changed.

    In the original sentence, the speaker is comparing the situation at the closet now to the last time they were there. The present perfect "Nothing has changed [since I was last here]" fits this scenario.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: 's contraction

    Quote Originally Posted by Eslam Elbyaly View Post
    Hi,
    The following is a dialogue of from an American TV series. I want to know whether the ('s) of the (in red) colored verb refers to is short for "is" or "has".
    Quote Originally Posted by Eslam Elbyaly View Post
    the husband is so pissed off of about that.
    Note that the underlined colloquialism is very casual and not always appropriate.

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