Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by sydbarrett, Jul 2, 2009.
What's your name mean?
What your name means?
¿ Cuál de las dos, o ninguna esta bien?
What does your name mean?
yes. It is "What does your name mean?"
"What's your name mean?" is fine. The 's can certainly be an apocopation of "does".
I can't agree with you. I have never heard it said that way, only "What does your name mean?"
Maybe Tarzan would have said it that way, like "Jane, what's your name mean?" (Just joking.)
It could be said as "What's your name mean?", which is indeed an apocopation, or a contracted version, although "What does your name mean?" is certainly more common.
I agree. It's very informal and borderline incorrect, but not uncommon.
I agree. "What's your name mean?" for whatever reason comes across as a lot less formal (and perhaps less sincere) than "What does your name mean?" Both are acceptable, but I'd recommend the latter.
I owe you an apology.
Your entry of "What's your name mean?" should be considered as correct.
After I posted, I did some more thinking.
First of all, I had never heard the term "apocopation", which turns out to mean to shorten or omit the last letter, syllable, or part of a word. The examples that I found are very similar to abbreviations.
In the case of "what's", I consider this to be a contraction and not an apocopation. I had always considered that contractions were unique for the phrase being contracted. For example: I had thought that "what's" always meant "what is." It turns out that I was wrong in a few cases.
"What's" most often means "what is."
But, "what's" can also mean "what does", as you have shown.
Therefore, "What's your name mean?" is "What does your name mean?"
Also, "What's he want?" is "What does he want?"
Like the saying goes: There is more than one way to skin a cat.
"What's" can also be used for "what has": "what's he got left?"
Good, Chris. Another exception to "what's" being "what is."
Exactly ... and the 's can also represent any other part of any other verb used as an auxiliary, where the 's represents everything missing from the verb
Zumac: no apology needed! We're just talking about language here ... and it's meant to be for fun ...
Separate names with a comma.