Hi everyone,

Whenever I watch an American tv show and an actor/actress pronounces "What are you doing" or "What are you saying", it sounds like "what do you doing", I know from a grammertical aspect, its absolutely wrong to say "what do you doing", but I don't know why it always sounds like this to me Emotion: smile ..

Also, I always have troubles pronouncing what-questions, especially when there is an "are" after "what". I know that T is pronounced as a reduced D in some situations, but even this wont make it easier for me, I always have to break it down and stop after each word when asking what question.

Hi Anon

Probably what you're hearing is probably something like this:

"Whadda ya doin'?" (= What're you doing?)

In informal spoken American English, the contraction "what're" usually sounds something like "whadda". The T in the word "what" is somewhere in between a T and a D sound, but probably closer to D. And the R in "what're" is often not pronounced at all. That's why you think you're hearing "what do".
What you hear as an R in "water" (warer) we natives hear as a D, and we would spell the pronunciation as "wader", but I think you've got the general idea correctly. In American English there are many cases where T sounds like D (You would say, "sounds like R".)

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Hi Amy,

Thank you very much for your helpful answer, it really explained everything, now it makes sense Emotion: smile Emotion: smile
Its much easier to pronounce it this way Emotion: smile

I have one little question, are there some local accents in which you pronounce the T as an R ? for example: "what is up" is pronounced "wharup", and "what are" pronounced "whar you doin".. I'm asking this because a friend of mine told me that this is the way some Americans pronounce the t, although I've never heared it prononced like this before (except in some words like water (warer), router (rourer), ... etc) .. So, is my friend correct?

Thanks very much again,
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I get this question a lot from my online students. A related word inside the WH question you have mentioned is 'gonna' instead of going to.

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