Man: Now Carly, that's my older daughter, has just had her seventh birthday, so presumably she['d] be in a different group?

Could anybody tell me the meaning of 'd and the usage of it?

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    It's a contraction of had or would.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 4:00
  • @Robusto Would you tell me, in this situation, that is would or had and exactly the usage of it?
    – bartender5564
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 4:32
  • More generally, the meaning of an apostrophe is that it replaces one or more letters. In this case, it replaces the "woul" of "would". Most commonly, it reflects a "weakened" pronunciation of a following word, so that what was formerly a separate word becomes a suffix of the previous word.
    – chepner
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 13:26

2 Answers 2


You are using 2 contractions in the Post:

that's == "that is"
she'd == "she would" (in this Particular case; In other context it can be "she had")

There is no space in the contractions.

Situation to Explain the Sentence:
Imagine that School girls are being put in groups according to age. Carly wants to be in the same group as her cousin, who is 6 years old. Since Carly has become 7 years old recently, her father is asking the teacher whether Carly "would" be in a Different group or whether she and her cousin "would" be considered the same age group.

Here are more about contractions:

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    @Araucaria-Nothereanymore. Actually It is be. Sorry about that.
    – fool2951
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 9:19

As the comment says, it's a contraction of "she had [been] [in a different group]".

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    Actually It is be. Sorry about that.
    – fool2951
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 9:22
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    @fool2951 …presumably she'd [she would] be in a different group. It's: I / you / he / she / he / it / we / you / they would be.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 13:12

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