I need clarification on this sentence.

I'm asking this to someone (in written):

What is the problem you're facing with C++?

My question is, How do you get that whether its you are or you were ?

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    Your question is ungrammatical. It's either "What problem are you facing" or "What problem were you facing" there is no oppportunity for a contraction here. – Jim Feb 6 '15 at 5:08
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is based on the false premise that the "so-called ambiguous question" is grammatical. – Jim Feb 6 '15 at 5:11
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    Actually if the conversation went like this, A: "I just can't figure out this problem I'm facing with C++" B:'What problem you're facing with C++?" I could make it grammatical but I doubt that's how it was being used in the OP. – Jim Feb 6 '15 at 5:26
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    I might answer, 'Half my code was inherited from someone who didn't use const correctly and the compiler wont let me call any of those functions until I basically rewrite the whole thing with consts everywhere." – Jim Feb 6 '15 at 5:30
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the questioner is asking us to decipher a bad grammatical construction, which he/she uses everyday but should not be using at all. – Blessed Geek Feb 6 '15 at 6:57

It depends if it was a problem or if it is a (current) problem. So you would write 'what is the problem you're facing with C++?' or if it is no longer an issue, 'what was the problem you were facing with C++?'.

  • You mean that, we would never write you were to you're ? Is this true? – Hemang Feb 6 '15 at 5:05
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    "you were" doesnt shorten to "you're". – Raghuraman R Feb 6 '15 at 5:08
  • If I asked it like this, What's the problem you're facing with C++? then what would say about it? – Hemang Feb 6 '15 at 5:16
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    I may well say 'I am not facing any problem with C++ now. I had problems with it during my college days'! – Raghuraman R Feb 6 '15 at 5:38
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    Of course, it is a correct sentence to ask 'verbally'. If you write it in words (put pen to paper), then it will be understood as 'what is the problem you are facing with C++?' (current problem). – Raghuraman R Feb 6 '15 at 5:42

It is “you are,” always. “You’re” is a contraction for “you are,” not “you were.” See Does "you're" also qualify as a valid contraction for "you were"?.

  • So whenever I would see like you're, we're then it should be you are and we are respectively? – Hemang Feb 6 '15 at 5:04
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    Yes, you're means you are, and we're means we are. – Cary Millsap Feb 6 '15 at 5:18
  • Ok, one last question if I asked it like this, What's the problem you're facing with C++? then what would say about it? – Hemang Feb 6 '15 at 5:19
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    You should say: What problem are you facing/having with etc.? (present) What problem did you face/have with etc.? (past) – Mari-Lou A Feb 6 '15 at 5:33
  • Perfect, easy and succinct- answers the OP, plus one! – Manish Feb 6 '15 at 21:42

Contractions are for speed, so there's no point in using them for the past tense.

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