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    #11

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Hello. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for, but this website might come in handy. "Grammar" is the section you might want to check out; it does a pretty good job at explaining what parts of speech are and how to recognize them.

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    #12

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    In this thread's subject, the contraction "how'd" is incorrect. It stands for "how did", so the subject asks how the reader did something in the past.

    The subject should read If you had to start from scratch, how would you do it?
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    #13

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    @Glizdka, thank you for the link, I appreciate it.

    @GoesStation, thanks for the correction, I appreciate it. See, this is exactly why I asked for help.
    Also, I thought that let's say adding ('d) is equal for would, had and did. So, I wrote it with "how would..." in my mind. However, I was uncertain about "If you have..." or "If you had...". I guess I'm not advanced after all, this should be a breeze for an advanced speaker.

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    #14

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this thread's subject, the contraction "how'd" is incorrect. It stands for "how did",
    I don't agree. I think it can stand for 'how would'.

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    #15

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't agree. I think it can stand for 'how would'.
    In any case, the contraction doesn't work in the subject.
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    #16

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Now am I even more confused. I thought that "I'd" can be "I would", "I had", "I did".
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    I'm glad that this has happened, because it shows exactly what I was looking for in the first place. How to re-learn it properly. I don't want to be uncertain anymore, that's why I asked a question: "If you had to start from scratch, how would you do it?" Unfortunately, I was hoping to get more suggestions from different competent teachers.

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    #17

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ined View Post
    Now am I even more confused. I thought that "I'd" can be "I would", "I had", "I did".
    I'd is an accepted contraction of I had and I did in speech and in all but the most formal writing these days.
    I don't think that I did is contracted to I'd even in informal speech.

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    #18

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this thread's subject, the contraction "how'd" is incorrect. It stands for "how did", so the subject asks how the reader did something in the past.

    The subject should read If you had to start from scratch, how would you do it?
    I think that 'd is more likely to be contracted would or do than contracted did.

    The thread's title is therefore correct, informally, as If you have to start from scratch. how d'you do it?. d'= do
    It would also be correct as If you had to start from scratch, how d'you do it?. d'= would


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    #19

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Piscean—please allow me to correct you:

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'd is an accepted contraction of I had and I would in speech and in all but the most formal writing these days.
    I don't think that I did is contracted to I'd even in informal speech.

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    #20

    Re: Self-Study: If you have to start from scratch, how'd you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think that 'd is more likely to be contracted would or do than contracted did.

    The thread's title is therefore correct, informally, as If you have to start from scratch. how d'you do it?. d'= do
    It would also be correct as If you had to start from scratch, how d'you do it?. d'= would
    I agree. When I first read the thread title, I interpreted how'd you do it? as meant to be how d(o) you do it?, effectively making a zero conditional (i.e. If one has to start from scratch, how does one do it?)

    I think I understand why you made this mistake, Ined, because how'd you and how d'you can sound very similar. I may well be wrong, but I suspect that this was not a grammatical error but an orthographic one. That is, the grammar was correct with the sentence as it was in your mind, and it was only during the writing process when the error arose.

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