I'm asking this because I'm curious to know the way native speekers say this:

  • Where did you get this.

In this sentence when we contract the "did" in speech do we stress the word that precedes it or the one that follows it?

I mean do we say "Where'd you get this?" or we say "Where d'you get this?".

This also implies other words like what,how,when and others.

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I mean do we say **"Where'd you get this?"** or we say **"Where d'you get this?"**.

There is a time difference between the two:

Where'd you get this?

is past tense, and means "Where did you get this."

Where d'you get this?

is present tense, and means "Where do you get this?"

  • In my neck of the woods, there's a difference in pronunciation. With "where'd you" there is a /dʒ/ sound as in the word "edge" which is not present in "Where d'you"
    – TimR
    Nov 9, 2017 at 21:56
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo: Same here, and d'you has a y-glide after the initial d resolving into the final vowel sound.
    – Robusto
    Nov 9, 2017 at 22:14

"Where'd you get this?" is how I would say it. "Where d'you get this?" makes me have to pause a little and causes a dip in the intonation of "d'you". Same with what,how,when - I would always add the 'd to the end and not before the next word. If you want to use "do" instead, it might end up sounding more similar to the second option but I would always explicitly say "do" and not "d'you".

  • D'you sounds like dew or due when I pronoune it. Nov 9, 2017 at 17:13
  • @SovereignSun I'd pronounce it as dyu or dyoo. I'm from around the Detroit, MI area for reference.
    – bhow
    Nov 9, 2017 at 17:17
  • @bhow I don't know about SovereignSun, but for me, "due" and "dew" both sound like "dyu" or "dyoo" (as does "d'you").
    – rjpond
    Nov 9, 2017 at 22:46

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