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    #1

    shortening: what's = what does

    Hello.

    Can I write and say these shortenings:

    where did = where'd (where did they go = where'd they go)
    where have = where've (where have you been = where've you been)
    why did = why'd (why did you run away = why'd you run away)
    what does = what's (what does this word mean = what's this word mean)

    Are they correct? I guess I heard them, but I'm not sure. My listening skills leave to be desired.
    I just want that my English sounds natural.

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: shortening: what's = what does

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    Can I write and say these shortenings:

    where did = where'd (where did they go = where'd they go). Yes, you can say this.
    where have = where've (where have you been = where've you been) Yes.
    why did = why'd (why did you run away = why'd you run away) Yes.
    what does = what's (what does this word mean = what's this word mean) Yes, in speech.

    Are they correct? I guess I heard them, but I'm not sure. My listening skills leave to be desired.
    I just want that my English sounds natural.

    Thanks in advance.
    They are all acceptable in speech in AusE. I wouldn't use them in formal writing. "Why'd ..." can be confused with "Why would you run away"; "What's" generally means "What is". So, while you could write them in an email, you might confuse your correspondent.

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    Re: shortening: what's = what does

    Are they natural? I mean do you use them?
    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: shortening: what's = what does

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Are they natural? I mean do you use them?
    Thanks.
    I use all of them in speech. I probably wouldn't use any of them when writing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: shortening: what's = what does

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Are they natural? I mean do you use them?
    Thanks.
    Not in writing. I use "What's for 'What is". Yes, I probably tend to use them all in speech. Personally, I don't write them, but that's not to say I'd find them unnatural if someone else wrote to me and used them.

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