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The Duden says in „Regel 14 Absatz 4“: Bei umgangssprachlichen Verbindungen eines Verbs oder einer Konjunktion mit dem Pronomen „es" ist der Apostroph entbehrlich; er wird jedoch häufig verwendet. Wie gehts (auch: geht's) dir? Nimms (auch: Nimm's) nicht so schwer. Wenns (auch: Wenn's) weiter nichts ist … So it's obviously alright to ...


Just like in English, an apostrophe designates an omitted letter. In this case, it's an E. It sounds rather archaic though, at least where I am from. Normally you'd go with zu zweit these days.


Great question indeed. At first Eugene Seidels answer seemed right to me but then I checked how I say it and there is no difference... war'n actually feels faster as the "liaison" is easier to pronounce. Without any sources to back this up, I will theorize that the rule might be as follows: When you shorten the definite article then no space (auf'm Berg, ...

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