Student or Learner
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"
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Last edited by mokbon; 08-Feb-2011 at 01:51.
Yes and no.
It will sound funny if you don't contract it.
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.