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de (used in French names as an elided form of de):
Charles Louis d'Albert.
di (used in Italian names as an elided form of di):
Gabriele d'Annunzio.


Pronunciation Spelling. contraction of do or did before you:
How d'you like your eggs cooked? D'you go to the movies last night? Unabridged
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  • They often say, 'For massy sakes, Lucindy Bascom, how d' you know that?'

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Peachey—I say, Peachey d' you think there 's—I mean d' you think there'll ever be any chance for me?

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • d' you mean that he—er—intends to put this forward to-morrow?

  • Well, I never did have any luck, anyway; so I d' know's I'm supprised.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He just shook hands with me and said, "How d' ye do, Gordon?"

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • Why d'n't you say you was petrified in your hind legs, before you shipped!'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Now what d'y' suppose he was doin' with this clothes line down?

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Which d' you want for your supper, shortcakes or some o' them crispy rye ones?

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • What d' ye think they'll charge in the city fer a reel, splendid suit?'

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller

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