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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    Smile 'tis

    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    what does 'tis mean?

    Yes folks, 'tis the season to announce a new release of ...

    is it this is?

    Many thanks

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    #2

    Re: 'tis

    Old-fashioned, poetic.

    'tis = it is
    'tisn't
    'twas
    'twill

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    #3

    Re: 'tis

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Old-fashioned, poetic.

    'tis = it is
    'tisn't
    'twas
    'twill
    And still used a lot in Ireland.

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    #4

    Re: 'tis

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    And still used a lot in Ireland.
    ...And, I believe - though it's a while since I participated in this sort of argument - among British children: 'It is'/It isn't', escalating after a few exchanges - to the shorter and more dismissive ''tis'/'''tisn't'.

    I don't know about Am E, but I get the impression from films and TV, that they start off with a monosyllable - 'Is'/'Is so'. Is this impression right?

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    #5

    Re: 'tis

    Yes.

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