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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contractions.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

’s (clitic)

  1. Contraction of is.
    The dog’s running after me!
  2. Contraction of has.
    The dog’s been chasing the mail carrier again.
  3. (proscribed, dialectal, Southern US) Contraction of was.
    It's a beautiful day yesterday so I's at the park.
  4. (informal) Contraction of does (used only with the auxiliary meaning of does and only after interrogative words).
    What’s he do for a living?
    What’s it say?
    Where’s the n in Javanese come from?
  5. (nonstandard, sometimes proscribed) are (used mainly after where, here, and there).
    Where’s the table tennis balls?

See also[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

’s (clitic)

  1. Contraction of us (found in the formula let’s which is used to form first-person plural imperatives).
    What are you guys waiting for? Let’s go!

Determiner[edit]

's

  1. (poetic) Contraction of his.
    Duncan's in 's grave

Conjunction[edit]

's

  1. (UK, dialect) Contraction of as (when it is (nonstandardly) used as a relative conjunction, or like a relative pronoun, meaning "that").
    All’s he wanted was to go home.

Adverb[edit]

's (not comparable)

  1. (UK, dialect) Contraction of as.
    • 1922, E. F. Benson, Negotium Perambulans
      He takes his bottle of whisky a day and gets drunk’s a lord in the evening.

Catalan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

’s

  1. Contraction of se.

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • 's is the reduced (reduïda) form of the pronoun. It is used after verbs ending with vowel.
    Si us plau, calmi's.Please calm down.

Cimbrian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Article[edit]

's

  1. (Sette Comuni) the; definite article for two declensions:
    1. nominative singular neuter
    2. accusative singular neuter
Alternative forms[edit]
  • z (Luserna)

See also[edit]

Cimbrian definite articles
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative dar de / di 's / z de / di
Accusative in de / di 's / z de / di
Dative me dar me in

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

's

  1. (Sette Comuni) Alternative form of es (it)

References[edit]

  • “'s” in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo

Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A clitic form of des, the genitive of the masculine and neuter singular articles de and het.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

’s

  1. Contraction of des. Used in ’s ochtends, ’s morgens, ’s middags, ’s avonds, ’s nachts, ’s zomers, and ’s winters.
  2. Used in place names as a shorthand for genitive des such as ’s-Gravenhage and ’s-Hertogenbosch indicating possession or origin.
  3. Used to construct a noun phrase which indicates a genitive (quality, possession or origin)
    ’s werelds beste reisbestemming — the world’s best travel destination
    ’s werelds mooiste zeereis — the world’s most beautiful sea voyage

Usage notes[edit]

As ’s is still conceptualized as a contraction of des, it is never capitalised, even before a proper noun or at the start of sentences. Instead, the following word is capitalised, as in 's Morgens regent het. (It rains in the morning.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

's

  1. Clipping of eens.

German[edit]

Article[edit]

’s

  1. (chiefly colloquial or poetic) Contraction of das.

Pronoun[edit]

’s

  1. (chiefly colloquial or poetic) Contraction of es.

See also[edit]


Irish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

’s

  1. Contraction of is (and).

Particle[edit]

’s

  1. Contraction of is (is).

Noun[edit]

’s

  1. Contraction of a fhios (knowledge of it): only used in tá’s ag and similar constructions

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

's

  1. Contraction of is (is).

Conjunction[edit]

's

  1. Contraction of is (and).

References[edit]