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    Default "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doing up

    Would a native say this to a friend who's halfway around the world:

    "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doing up?"

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    Default Re: "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doin

    This native would not say "like", but others might. "AM in the morning" is redundant. Pick one or the other.

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    Default Re: "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doin

    "Xam in the morning" is one of those tautologous phrases which seems to be rather prevalent these days and many people don't seem to understand why it's wrong.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doin

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Xam in the morning" is one of those tautologous phrases which seems to be rather prevalent these days and many people don't seem to understand why it's wrong.

    Other than that, is everything else okay?

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    Default Re: "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doin

    I find "Isn't it ..." with "right now" a little tautologous too. However, between friends, we speak very informally and don't worry in the slightest about grammatical correctness. I'm sure you'll hear very similar sentences to the two you posted quite frequently between native speakers. If we were concerned about grammar, we would say "Isn't it 4am there? Why are you all still up?" or something very similar.
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    Default Re: "Isn't it like 4AM in the morning over there right now?" "What are you guys doin

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Other than that, is everything else okay?
    It sounds natural enough to me because people would say it. The unnecessary parts are common enough in the everyday speech of many people. It won't win any awards for style, but it does sound like the kind of thing many native speakers would use.

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