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"What do you reckon's next?" ... ...

I don't understand why 's is used in this sentence? Does it denote anything? I think What do you reckon next? is good enough. Any thoughts?

-- Excerpted from Harry Potter.

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This is a contraction of "is":

What do you reckon [i]s next?

Without it, the sentence doesn't sound idiomatic. The sentence is using the "informal [with clause]" definition of reckon, so without a verb it's not a clause.

  • So, is it ok to add a 'that'? as: "What do you reckon that is next?" – dan Oct 18 '18 at 2:51
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    @dan The sentence with "that" doesn't sound right to me. It sounds like you're asking "What do you reckon that thing is?", (i.e. I'm interpreting "that" as a pronoun). – Laurel Oct 18 '18 at 3:16
  • Ok. Is it similar to say: What do you reckon happens next? or What do you reckon will happen next? – dan Oct 18 '18 at 3:20

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