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I have seen this ' used like in this word. "D'you know" or many other cases. Does this used instead of the rest of the word that is omitted? and if so is there a rule for this?
Yes, it signals a contraction. Some contractions have been formalized, such as can't, don't, isn't where the spellings of the words can not, do not, and is not have been contracted.
The example you gave, 'D'you know' is, as you figured out, a contraction of 'Do you know?'.
There are many such contractions which serve to represent the words as they are very often spoken. Many of them do not use an apostrophe (') to signal the contraction, but just use non-standard spelling. Examples are: 'wanna' for 'want to', 'whatcha' for what are you, as in "whatcha doin'" which means 'What are you doing?', 'gonna' for 'going' and on and on.
I hope this is helpful,
Last edited by pyoung; 10-May-2009 at 06:31.