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It is = It's

They are = They're


Is it possible to contract past tense verb?

It was = It's (??)

They were = They're (??)

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HoonyIs it possible to contract past tense verbs?

No!

CJ

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I disagree with the answer given. Past tense verbs can be contracted, for example:


Ten years ago I spent 5 months in Paris. It was the best time I ever had./It's (pronounced the same as "it's," or as: "idzz") the best time I ever had.


The couple with the 3 kids? They were here, but left./They're (pronounced the same as "they're," or as: "they-urr") here, but left.

I disagree with you, Anon. I don't think your examples are very natural.

anonymous It was the best time I ever had./It's (pronounced the same as "it's," or as: "idzz") the best time I ever had.
They were here, but left./They're (pronounced the same as "they're," or as: "they-urr") here, but left.

Given this very unorthodox claim, it seems only fair that you should produce a quotation from a grammar book or article that says "it's" is a contraction of "it was" and "they're" is a contraction of "they were".

CJ

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