[ waird, hwaird ]
/ wɛərd, ʰwɛərd /
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contraction of where did:Where'd you go on your holiday?
contraction of where would:Where'd you like to go?
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usage note for where'd

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What does where’d mean?

Where’d is a contraction of where did, as in Where’d that ball come from?

Where’d is also a contraction of where would, as in Where’d you like this sofa put?

Context is often needed to tell whether the user means where did or where would when using where’d. For example, if you say to your friend “Where’d Farhad go?” you might mean “Where did Farhad go?” or “Where would Farhad go?” Your friend needs more information (context) to know which you mean.

Example: Where’d you get that new outfit?

Where does where’d come from?

The first records of the terms where, do (the infinitive form of did), and would all come from before the year 900. Where comes from the Old English hwǣr, do comes from the Old English dōn, and would comes from the Old English wolde.

A contraction is a shortened form of two or more words, often used in casual conversation, when we’re focused more on saying something quickly than saying each word distinctly. Contractions also save space and effort in writing and are common in casual writing.

Where’d is not as common as some other contractions, such as can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t. Where’d is most often used in conversation and writing that imitates conversation, such as text messages, emails, and letters. Where’d is rarely used in technical and academic writing.

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How is where’d used in real life?

Where’d is frequently used in informal writing and speech and almost never in more formal writing and speech.


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