[ wair-er, hwair-, wair, hwair ]
/ ˈwɛər ər, ˈʰwɛər-, wɛər, ʰwɛər /
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contraction of where are: Where're you going?
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What does where're mean?

Where’re is a contraction of where and are.

A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words in which some letters are removed and replaced with an apostrophe (’). Contractions like where’re are mainly used in speech and casual writing and are usually avoided in scholarly or scientific writing. Where’re is exclusively used to form questions.

Example: Where’re we going to eat tonight?

Where does where're come from?

When forming a contraction from two words, it’s typically (but ’tis not always!) the second word that gets shortened and added onto the first. This is the case with where’re, in which the A from are is replaced with an apostrophe.

Where’re is perhaps less commonly used in writing than other where contractions, such as where’s (Where’s my hat?), where’ll (Where’ll you be later?), and where’ve (Where’ve you been?). But where’re is commonly used in speech, as in Where’re the papers I was just looking at? It is often followed by a pronoun, as in Where’re we going? or Where’re you taking me? However, it is not standard to use it in questions like Where’re you? or Where’re they? The standard way to state these questions is without a contraction: Where are you? and Where are they?

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How is where're used in real life?

Where’re is almost always used informally but is also used in journalism. Many publications have adopted the use of contractions like where’re as a way to make their writing more relatable and understandable.



Try using where're!

Is where’re used correctly in the following sentence?

Where’re you been all night?

How to use where're in a sentence