usage note for where're
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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.
SHE SAID, “WHERE’RE WE GOING?” I SAID, “THE MOON”
— Diegol⚓️ (@diego_ale22) December 21, 2019
I want my style back, i hate formal stuff.. where’re my jeans pants?😭
— shahid🌻🇱🇧 (@hizguyzbyez) January 22, 2020
Where're the real night owls?
— Mai Borno🐧 (@MohammedYauba) January 22, 2020
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
The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They would have to get court approval to re-home their children.
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.
Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
They are still comparatively supple, and any misplaced pinnæ may be re-arranged without any difficulty.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
In the next two days he re-wrote the twenty thousand, and on the fifth day he tore it into shreds and threw it to the winds.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux