It’s advertised = It was advertised?

Can I say/write
“It’s advertised” instead of “It was advertised”

Answer

It’s is a contraction that can be used for it is or it has only.

For instance, the sentence, “It is advertised as a slimming drug,” can be written as, “It’s advertised as a slimming drug.”

Similarly, the sentence, “It has been advertised as slimming drug,” can also be written as, “It’s been advertised as a slimming drug.”

You cannot use this contraction for “it was”.

Hope this helps.

PS: If you need a dictionary reference, here it is: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/it%27s

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