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    Question Have disappeared or have gone?

    I'm texting my friend. We have been talk for some time. Then suddenly she stops texting. I want to know if she is still there or has gone out/somewhere.
    Can I say " Hey, where have you gone? Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?
    Or should I say " Hey, where have you disappeared? Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?
    Or something else. I have no idea really as I have never been in an English-peaking country. I wish I would!

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    Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Innocent Fairy View Post
    I'm texting my friend. We have been talking for some time. Then suddenly she stops texting. I want to know if she is still there or has gone out/somewhere.
    Can I say " Hey, where have you gone?(OR "where are you") Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?Or should I say " Hey, where have you disappeared? No, if you disappear you aren't anywhere. Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?Or something else. I have no idea really as I have never been in an English-speaking country. I wish I could!
    See above.

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    Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Innocent Fairy View Post
    I'm texting my friend. We have been talk for some time. Then suddenly she stops texting. I want to know if she is still there or has gone out/somewhere.
    Can I say " Hey, where have you gone? Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?
    Or should I say " Hey, where have you disappeared? Come on, reply me. I'm waiting"?
    Or something else. I have no idea really as I have never been in an English-peaking country. I wish I would!
    I would use "Are you still there?" or "Where have you gone?" as my first choices, followed by "Have you vanished?!"

    Note that it's "Reply to me" not just "reply me".

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    Question Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use "Are you still there?" or "Where have you gone?" as my first choices, followed by "Have you vanished?!"

    Note that it's "Reply to me" not just "reply me".
    Is to compulsory after reply? What if the object is a thing instead of a person? Do we still add to?

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    Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    Thank both of you. You guys are really great.

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    Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Innocent Fairy View Post
    Is to compulsory after reply? What if the object is a thing instead of a person? Do we still add to?
    Yes, "to" is obligatory.

    I will reply to you later.
    Reply to my letter immediately.
    He replied to the email a week later.

    If there is no object, then no "to".

    I will reply later.
    Please reply at the earliest opportunity.

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    Re: Have disappeared or have gone?

    [QUOTE=billmcd;775714]No, if you disappear you aren't anywhere.
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    That's quite true. But it's common to say, "Where have you disappeared to?" I wouldn't call it wrong, since the meaning is obviously non-literal.

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