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****If you say something like, Its/It’s a small world (when you are talking with someone and you found out that they knew somebody that you know).  You can use It's = It is a small world.  But can you also use it to shorten It has or it was or anything else that if you take the other letters off it would be It's?  If not, why not? And when does it have to go by itself?

it its asked Aug 29 '13 at 01:01 Lina Newbride New member

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It can be used with 'has' in some cases. It has been a hard day. It's been a hard day.

There are also time when you would not make a contraction with 'has'. It [a car, for instance] has a bad water pump. If you used it's here, it would mean 'It is a bad water pump'. 'It' in this sentence would have 'the problem with the car' as an antecedent, rather that just 'car'.

link comment answered Aug 29 '13 at 02:06 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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