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from the linguistics-for-loonies-department

So is it possible to use a contraction anywhere? Nope. Here's an example.

Let us know when to arrive.
Let's know when to arrive. (completely different meaning)

Weird eh? OK, off to the gym for contractions of the muscular variety.

Touchstone, Precedent, Providence

Here are three with similar meanings.

Ohhh, i get to use a definition list.

n : a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
n 1: an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
n 1. The act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation.

"Providence" has strong religious overtones.

source: WordNet(r) 2.0