Contracted form of "what was"

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sb70012

Senior Member
Azerbaijani/Persian
Hi everybody,
I think "What was" doesn't have a contracted form. Am I right?

I mean "What's" can be used as "what has" or "what is" but "what was".

Am I right? Does "what was" has a contracted form?

i.e. What was his name? What was that? What was his career?

Thank you.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    You're right: there isn't a contracted form of "What was" (or if there is, I've never seen it ;)).

    In casual speech we commonly slur the words together so it can sound a bit like "Wha'w's .." but we don't try and represent that in writing.
     
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