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A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
1. (used to express a permanent quality)
a. es
What is this? - It's an eraser.¿Qué es esto? - Es un borrador.
2. (used to express a temporary state)
a. está
Be careful with the pot. It's hot.Cuidado con la olla. Está caliente.
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