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    Arrow Questions by using "LIKE"

    Hello everybody,

    I need your help (again).

    1) When I ask "What's the weather like?" Am I referring to the past or present?
    Does this 's mean was or is?

    2) Another question:

    This question "What was it like growing up in São Paulo?" is referring to the past, so how to built this sentence in the present? Is just changing was for is?

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    Falcon


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    Not a teacher.

    1) When I ask "What's the weather like?" Am I referring to the past or present?
    Does this 's mean was or is?
    You are referring to the present. The contraction 's is short for "is." It is like you are saying "What is the weather like?"

    2) Another question:

    This question "What was it like growing up in São Paulo?" is referring to the past, so how to built [how do you build] this sentence in the present? Is just changing was for is?
    Yes, all you have to do to make the sentence present is change "was" for "is."


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    Furthermore, was cannot be contracted in the same manner as is.

    The auxiliary verbs is, will, would, shall, have/has, and had can be contracted.

    He's okay. (is) <present>

    He'll be okay. (will/shall) <future>

    He'd have been okay (if he'd followed the rules). (would) <hypothetical: 3rd conditional>

    They've/He's been okay. (have/
    has/had) <Past & present perfect>

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    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Furthermore, was cannot be contracted in the same manner as is.

    The auxiliary verbs is, will, would, shall, have/has, and had can be contracted.

    He's okay. (is) <present>

    He'll be okay. (will/shall) <future>

    He'd have been okay (if he'd followed the rules). (would) <hypothetical: 3rd conditional>

    They've/He's been okay. (have/
    has/had) <Past & present perfect>

    So, the contract form in "What's the weather like?" is related to "is" and not "was", right? If I wanna ask it in the past I should use "was", isn't it?
    In this case I should say "What was the weather like?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    So, the contract form in "What's the weather like?" is related to "is" and not "was", right? If I wanna ask it in the past I should use "was", isn't it?
    In this case I should say "What was the weather like?"

    Thanks
    Yes, it would be very unusual (and no doubt incorrect) to say:

    what's the weather like yesterday?

    however

    what's the weather like today?

    would, of course, be fine.

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