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    #1

    Where's my shoes?

    Here's a dialogue in a moive called "Lost in translation"

    Man: Where's my shoes?
    Woman: They're over here.

    Which of the following sentences is more natural?

    1.Where's my shoes?
    2. Where're my shoes?

    If it is more natural to say "Where's my shoes?" Can we say " It's over here"?


    Thanks for your help.
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    #2

    Re: Where's my shoes?

    [not a teacher]

    Disregarding grammar, I say:

    Where's my shoes? - common, natural
    They're over here. - common, natural
    Where is my shoes? - uncommon, unnatural
    Where are my shoes? - common, natural
    It's over here. - uncommon, unnatural

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Actually, the more common contraction in AmE is "Where're my shoes?" meaning "Where are my shoes?". "Where's my shoes?" is definitely slang/technically incorrect English, and even so, the usual response would be "they're over here" or "they're under the bed, where you left them".

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    I'd bet dollars to donuts that "Where's my plural?" is way more common than "Where're my ... ".

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I'd bet dollars to donuts that "Where's my plural?" is way more common than "Where're my ... ".
    COCA citations:

    Where is my [plural noun]? - 2
    Where are my [plural noun]? - 104
    Where's my [plural noun]? - 15
    Where're my [plural noun]? - 0

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    COCA citations:

    Where is my [plural noun]? - 2
    Where are my [plural noun]? - 104
    Where's my [plural noun]? - 15
    Where're my [plural noun]? - 0
    "Mary! Where's me bl**dy shoes? " "'ow should I know? Where you put 'em I expect". This sort of dialogue is still possible in colloquial English. (Not, under any circumstances, to be used by learners of English).

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I'd bet dollars to donuts that "Where's my plural?" is way more common than "Where're my ... ".
    Your dollars and my donuts, or your donuts and my dollars? I'm going to go with "where're" (75%) vs. "where's" (25%), COCA notwithstanding.

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    COCA citations:

    Where is my [plural noun]? - 2
    Where are my [plural noun]? - 104
    Where's my [plural noun]? - 15
    Where're my [plural noun]? - 0
    Dear 5jj,

    I just went to the COCA website Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)

    However, I didn't know how to find the above citations. I think it's very useful if I knew how to compare.

    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 26-Feb-2012 at 20:49.

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Type "where are my [*nn2*]" (without quotation marks) in the SEARCH box. You'll find the list of abbreviations if you click on the POS LIST.

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    Re: Where's my shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Type "where are my [*nn2*]" (without quotation marks) in the SEARCH box. You'll find the list of abbreviations if you click on the POS LIST.
    Hi 5jj,

    Your are one the most respected teachers here.Cool! I could find it. What does [*nn2*] mean? When I typed "where is my [*nn2*] , it showed a total of '2. When I typed "where is my without [*nn2*] , it showed a total of '208'.

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