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Thread: Quick grammar Q

  1. #1
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    Quick grammar Q

    is it

    Find out what's happening


    or

    Find out whats happening

    ?


    I might be having a brain-lock but neither one looks right, and neither one looks wrong to me anymore.



  2. #2
    jayce
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    what's = what is. Therefore, find out what's happening.

  3. #3
    Alphabet
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Oh good. I know the it's = it is so now that you say it, of course it would definately be that!

    "I'm sure I must not self-doubt - or should I?"

  4. #4
    jayce
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Definitely

  5. #5
    Nick Dobbie
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Here's one from my stick-shift brain in neutral.

    Can I use Where'd --> as in "Where'd you put it?" she said.

    The reason I'm unsure is because it could be: where would, or it could be where had - and there seems to me a feeling of tense skewing.

    Any suggestions?

  6. #6
    Nick Dobbie
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Or, where did.

  7. #7
    jayce
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Sure you can use it, that's how people talk. Check out Elmore Leonard for beaucoup examples. As to whether it means where would, had, did, or any other configuration, use context to make it clear to the reader.

    That's how I'd do it.

  8. #8
    Robert Raven
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Pretty much anything goes in dialog. In narration, much depends on POV. If you're narrating from a specified first-persokn character, you can (and probably should) use relatively informal speech patterns as part of your narration style, as if you and me are sitting at a bar over good scotch and you're relating a story.

    RR

  9. #9
    Denis Bonner
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    Seems that a writer ought to know his/her tools of trade - these being grammar and word usage - before attempting to write anything

  10. #10
    Denise Kiincy
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    Re: Quick grammar Q

    I think the "where'd you" would have a lot to do with the place the person speaking is from. Not everyone talks like that, though we do down in here the south, in some regions, people would always say "where did you." JMO

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