Is it possible to say 'where is he go to college' instead of 'where did he go to college'?

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  • What are you trying to ask? – userr2684291 Sep 14 '17 at 13:12
  • Sometimes I hear people say the first sentence although the mean the second one. But sounds wrong... – Chris Sep 14 '17 at 13:22
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    No, you don't. You hear Where does he go to college?, but people often append the beginning /d/ phoneme to the previous word (or elide it entirely or some such), so you end up hearing something akin to Where(d) uz he go to college?, which you misinterpret as you've shown. As written, your first sentence is incorrect. – userr2684291 Sep 14 '17 at 13:27
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's based on a misheard sentence. – Andrew Sep 14 '17 at 14:07
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    I agree with userr2864291. You misheard "Where does he go to college?** using the simple present tense, or possibly "Where is he going to college?" using the present progressive. "Where is he go" is not grammatical. – Andrew Sep 14 '17 at 14:09

The use of 'is' should be reserved for when it's the present tense i.e. Where is he going to college? (implying you believe he's still attending college and hasn't graduated). Alternatively, you could say Where does he go to college.

The use of 'Did' is for, when you believe the college attending happened in the past i.e. Where did he go to college?

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