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The sentence "I wonder where he is?" has no contraction and, in my opinion, feels like it naturally flows compared to using the contraction. Are there any rules that are violated with the contracted sentence?

marked as duplicate by anongoodnurse, Dog Lover, Community Apr 29 '16 at 1:34

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    "Wherever the place, whatever the time// Every lane moves but the one where I’m." – anongoodnurse Apr 29 '16 at 0:34
  • I don't see a grammatical reason why it would be wrong; it just doesn't sound right. – Dog Lover Apr 29 '16 at 1:05

For the example you gave:

I wonder where he's.

The subject is "I", verb "wonder", object "where he's". In the object "where he's", there is also an SVO(subject-verb-object) structure. The subject is "he", the verb is "is" (abbreviated as 's in your sentence). However there is no object there, because you don't know what the object is. So you put a pronoun "where" there instead.

That's why it's grammatically correct.

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