I often hear English native speakers say:

What did you doing?

Is that really ok to say?

Isn't it supposed be:

What are you doing?

Or is it a contraction of other sentence?

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    No, "What did you doing" is certainly not correct, but I dare doubt native speakers would use it. Could it be that you misheard it?
    – oerkelens
    Jun 5, 2014 at 14:43
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    My guess is you misheard "Whatcha doin'?" or some other reduction of "What are you doing?" Native speakers don't say "What did you doing", as far as I'm aware.
    – user230
    Jun 5, 2014 at 18:16

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I never hear anyone who is a native speaker say "What did you doing?". They either say "What are you doing?" or "What did you do?". Perhaps you heard wrong, or they aren't native speakers.

"What did you doing?" is incorrect.

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    I'm trying to think of any way the O.P. might have heard this from a native speaker. The best I can come up with is someone asking a question like, "What did you do in the Navy?" and the O.P. mistakenly thought it was "What did you doing the Navy?"
    – J.R.
    Jun 5, 2014 at 15:21
  • That makes sense, and happens often learning a new language and not being able to separate words properly. Jun 5, 2014 at 15:49
  • Thanks for answers! Probably they were saying "What are you doing?" very fast and I thought it was "What did you doing?"
    – user4457
    Jun 5, 2014 at 17:14

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