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    Question Greeting-Sup

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    Mary: Hi!

    Tom: 'Sup?


    Questions:

    Q1: I think "sup" means "What's up?". Am I right?

    Q2: If I were Mary, how I should respond? Nothing?

    Thanks!

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    Sup dude?

    You are right!! It is a greeting and it is the super contracted version of "what is up?" (What's up).

    You can react however you would to the full question.

    Sup Diana?

    *- Not much?
    *- Well, I started my new job...
    *- Nothing.

    It is very natural and great for every day use. Be careful though. It is very informal and in the wrong situation you might be seen as rude.

    Hope that helps!
    Diana Tower
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    Last edited by English-coach; 25-Jan-2009 at 13:32. Reason: Link addition ok'ed by Admin

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    Re: Greeting-Sup

    Hi Ms. Tower,

    Thank you for your help. Could you please illustrate what kind of situation it sounds rude if I use it?

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    Re: Greeting-Sup

    I would make sure that you only use it in informal situations, with friends or people that you know very well. I would never use it at work or in a formal situation. Like if you meet someone for the first time, I wouldn't say SUP...it sounds a bit rude or silly.

    If you are talking to a good friend or someone you know well...sup is perfect. :)

    Hope that helps.
    Diana


    Last edited by Anglika; 26-Nov-2008 at 00:57.

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    Re: Greeting-Sup

    I got it, Diana. Thank you!

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    Re: Greeting-Sup

    Sup' thedaffodils? How are ya?

    You are very welcome. I'm glad that you understand it now.

    It is a great expression. It makes me think of surfers...very laid back and friendly. But still very informal.

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