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Count the words and write.

It's blue. ==> ...........

Source: family and friends 1

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We should say there are three words or two words in [It's blue.]? I mean do we count "It's" as two words or one word?

I have asked this question in WR forum too. One native English speaker has said to me that it's a bad question.
http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/its-blue-how-many-words.3208297 /

What's your opinion?

We should regard "it's" as two words or one word?

Thank you.
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I would count It's blue as 3 words.

This whole exercise sees useless to me. In what way will it improve your English?

Clive
CliveI would count It's blue as 3 words.This whole exercise sees useless to me. In what way will it improve your English?Clive
Thanks for answering.

It's a kids book.

I teach kids the book.

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If that exercise is typical of the ones in the book, I suggest you find another book.
sb70012It's a kids book.
Then you can accept both 1 and 2 as the number of words in "It's". When the kids differ in what they believe the answer is, you have a "teaching moment". You can ask them why they chose 1 or 2 as the answer, and if they're old enough, you can talk about other contractions in English (don't, can't, he's, I've, ...). It's also a good lesson in how sometimes there is no single right answer to a question. You might even have the kids vote on whether the class will count such constructions as 1 or 2 words in future word-counting activities.

CJ
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Is there any point at all in counting words?
fivejedjonIs there any point at all in counting words?
My typing instructor used to do it daily.

CJ
But it's not a good way to teach kids English.Emotion: hmm
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