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    #1

    Where's

    "Where’s all those people gone?"


    I wonder what is 'S in the sentence above? IS? IS GONE?

    Is it a short conversational way to say:

    Where ARE all those people gone? As in "Where's the keys/the shoes" instead of "Where are the keys/the shoes"?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Where's

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    "Where’s all those people gone?"
    That's bad English. Where did you come across that sentence?
    Can you provide a link or describe the broader context?

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    #3

    Re: Where's

    The 's could also be has. It's not correct either way, grammatically, of course.

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    #4

    Re: Where's

    What would be the correct way of saying, please?

    Where ARE all those people gone?

    Thanks

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    #5

    Re: Where's

    Where are all those people?
    or
    Where have all those people gone?

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    #6

    Re: Where's

    He's gone.
    She's gone.

    He has gone.
    She has gone.

    He is gone?
    She is gone?
    They are gone?

    Wrong?

    Thanks.

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    #7

    Re: Where's

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    He's gone.
    She's gone.

    He has gone.
    She has gone.
    Those are grammatical and natural.

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    He is gone?
    She is gone?
    They are gone?

    Are those wrong?
    They might be acceptable colloquially, but I'm old-fashioned. I would phrase those as follows:

    Is he gone?
    Is she gone?
    Are they gone?


    or

    He's gone, is he?
    She's gone, is she?
    They're gone, are they?

    Note that"gone" in those means "dead" or that there's no more of it; e.g.,

    Vet: He's gone. I'm afraid we couldn't save your dog, Mrs Smith.
    or

    Customer: Those cakes were delicious.
    Baker: I'm afraid we don't have any more. They're gone!
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    #8

    Re: Where's

    I am very sorry! It is not what I meant.

    I was asking if my sentences were correct or not (sorry for using a question mark the way it confused you!):

    1) He is gone.
    She is gone.
    They are gone.


    2) They are gone.
    Are they gone?

    I believe that 1) and 2) are correct.

    3) Where are all those people gone?
    Wrong?

    4) Where have all those people gone?
    Correct.


    Like that?

    Many thanks!

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    #9

    Re: Where's

    #3 is wrong. For the rest, see my reply in post #7.

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    #10

    Re: Where's

    1) A: Where's he? I can't see him.
    B: He's gone. He went home 5 min ago.

    He's gone=He has gone (and not HE IS GONE).


    2) Where are all those people?
    They've gone. They went home 5 min ago.

    "They are gone" would be incorrect to say meaning "have gone"?
    Only to mean that they are dead?

    Many thanks!

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