Hi Beth, just calling to confirm our dinner plans tonight. Yes, we're still on, but my mum's just called and said my dog has run away! I'm on my way home now. Oh no! What happened? Someone left the door open and now she's gone! All right, I'll come over and help you look for her. Are you sure? Thanks so much. I'll see you then. LANGUAGE TIPS The apostrophe s ('s) is short for 'is' (e.g. now she's gone) or 'has' (e.g. my mum's just called). It is used in speech. Note that we use 's as a shortened form of has only when has is an auxiliary verb, not the main verb, i.e. it's wrong to say He's three cars when you mean He has three cars, but it's correct to say He's got three cars when you mean He has got three cars. Be careful not to mix up it's with its. It's is short for it is or it has, whereas its is a possessive used to indicate that something belongs to or relates to a thing, place or animal. Examples: It's (not its) amazing how fast he runs; it's (not its) been raining for days; it has (not it's) three branches in Central; its (not it's) population is 100,000. DATING TIPS 1. Confirming plans with your date shows that you care. 2. If you're planning to go to a restaurant or a show, make reservations. 3. Show your concern when something happens to the other person.