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    one of friends said to another friend of mine that 'what'd you got to lose?'

    I know it is not wrong grammar. but I would like to know what makes him say like that.

    and what'd is the abbreviation of what did but he said 'got' again... what did he got to lose? it makes

    me really confused. please make it easier for me

    Thank you very much

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    Re: what'd got to lose?

    Are they native speakers? What makes you so sure ' it is not wrong grammar.'? I'd (=would) understand 'What've you got to lose?', but 'What'd' means either 'What had', 'What did' or 'What would', none of which suits the context.

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    Re: what'd got to lose?

    "What had you got to lose?" which could be contracted to "What'd you ...?" is fine but, as BobK said, it doesn't fit that context. For that exchange of messages, the writer should have used "Go for it. What've you got to lose?" meaning "What have you got to lose?" (can also be worded "What do you have to lose?")
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: what'd got to lose?

    As someone who enters comments on Facebook from my phone, I can tell you that between clumsy thumbs and "helpful" autocorrect that takes a mistake and renders it into an entirely different mistake, this is not uncommon on Facebook.

    Compared to a lot of the comments I've seen on posts, these responders are downright articulate.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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