Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 124

    Smile what is the usages of "what is with"


    I find "What is with" is for surprise, curiosity

    If I see sad man, can I say "What is with your long face?

    Give me the usages of "What is with"

    by the way happy new year by lunar calendar
    Last edited by mokbon; 08-Feb-2011 at 02:51.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218

    Re: what is the usages of "what is with"

    Yes and no.

    It will sound funny if you don't contract it.

    What's with...

    However, it would be considered rude to ask someone you didn't know anything like this, and it's a very casual way to ask about something that may be very wrong. I personally recently got some very bad news. If someone saw me looking sad and asked "What's with the long face" I'd be very angry. (If someone said "You look sad. What's wrong?" I would feel they wanted to comfort me.)

    If you walk in and see your friend with 40 bags of marshmallows, you could say "What with all the marshmallows?"

    You can also say "What's up with..."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] usages of "if"
    By ali fawzi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Nov-2010, 15:03
  2. [Grammar] usages of "challenge"
    By uktous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Nov-2009, 08:32
  3. [General] two different usages of the verb "have"
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Feb-2009, 11:34
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts