Are the contractions "How'd - How's" considered bad English or not ?
How did you that? --> How'd you that?
How does that happen? --> How's that happen?
Thanks in advance for the replies.
PS: I'm not asking about "How'd - How would"
Last edited by euncu; 16-Jun-2010 at 19:48.
They map like this:
/hɑʊz/ -> how is, how does, how has
/hɑʊd/ -> how did, how do, how had, how would
I don't see what basis there can be for saying "This sort of /hɑʊd/ is OK, because it means 'How would'" - that is asking us to comment on something that may be going on in your mind. The data is /hɑʊd/ . You're asking 'Is this bad English when I think it means something that will only be clear in a context that I'm not telling you about?'
Thanks for the answers. I'd noticed the obvious mistake in my example, and thought that I corrected it but apparently I didn't. Yes, the example is as corrected;
How did you do that? --> How'd you do that?
As for the PS, I meant to prevent any confusion that I asked about the contradiction of "How would" as well. I didn't thought that it would be such a problem.