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    where're what 're

    I' d like to know your opinion about the use of bthe WH +contractions of the verb to be in sentences such as

    1) Where're you from?
    2) What're their names?

    Would you use these contractions in a grammar exercise where you are asked to use the contracted forms everytime is possible?

    Do you use these contractions in speech?


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    Re: where're what 're

    We use these contractions in speech, simply because we are lazy. They are not standard written contractions.

    We say "Wherer you frum?" and hold the "r" sound in Where longer. Wherer is pronounced as one very lazy sylable that sort of drops at the end with a tiny suggestion of a final R.

    We say "Water their names?" and somehow we expect the listener to hear What are. The "water" is clipped, not drawn out like "wherer", and with a "soft t" that sounds more like a "d" - wadder.


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