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    Where you been

    I heard a man say( a native speaker):

    "Where you been?"

    I know it should be " Where have you been?" What do you think?

    OR " What you been doing in there?"

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    #2

    Re: Where you been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I heard a man say( a native speaker):

    "Where you been?"

    I know it should be " Where have you been?" What do you think?

    OR " What you been doing in there?"
    You are right, it should be "Where have you been?" and "What have you been doing in there?"

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    Re: Where you been

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You are right, it should be "Where have you been?" and "What have you been doing in there?"
    Is it colloquial?

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    #4

    Re: Where you been

    A learner

    I think you didn't hear him properly.
    He said Where've you been? almost eating the 've.

    Listening to a native asks us learners to have already known all the words the native uses.

    Last edited by e2e4; 10-Sep-2010 at 18:29.

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    #5

    Re: Where you been

    You will indeed hear natives say "Where you been?"

    ("Where've you been?" is also heard.)

    "What you been doing in there?" could also be heard, but not as likely as the first phrase. It sounds uneducated.

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    Re: Where you been

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You will indeed hear natives say "Where you been?"

    ("Where've you been?" is also heard.)

    "What you been doing in there?" could also be heard, but not as likely as the first phrase. It sounds uneducated.
    This could certainly sound logical as many uneducated people speak -in any language.

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    Re: Where you been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I heard a man say( a native speaker):

    "Where you been?"

    I know it should be " Where have you been?" What do you think?

    OR " What you been doing in there?"
    *Not a teacher

    They do sometimes. You can call them lazy guys, however, that is it.

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    Re: Where you been

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    *Not a teacher

    They do sometimes. You can call them lazy guys, however, that is it.
    Is it regional? Sounds more like southern guys.

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    Re: Where you been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it regional? Sounds more like southern guys.
    No, it is not -as far as I know at least. I would say it depends on the classes (lower, med', upper) and the age, and heaps of other circumstances.

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