It is easy to forget _________ to be a child.

(A) how it`s
(B) what it is like
(C) how is it
(D) what does it feels like

The answer is (B). And I know (C) and (D) have grammatical errors. However, I don't realize why (A) is faulty. Is the fault just that the contraction can't be allowed, or something?

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  • I know you just endured a forced migration, but you'll find many insights into this issue back at ELU at this link. – P. E. Dant Nov 20 '16 at 4:30

How it is would be marginally acceptable here, but only marginally; and in that context is must be stressed, so the contraction is impossible.

  • How it is sounds 100% acceptable to me. But you are right that a stressed is can't be contracted. – TonyK Nov 20 '16 at 0:13
  • I think our idiom expects "It is easy to forget how [adj] it is to be a child". – P. E. Dant Nov 20 '16 at 4:32

"What it is… " would be much more natural but very few listeners would mind "How it is…" which is largely why P. E. Dant is right to expect "It is easy to forget how [adj] it is to be a child"

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