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    How long you been seeing her?

    I was watching a film the other day and came across the following phrase:
    A man is secretly going out with a woman. When his friend finds out about the fact, he asks him, ' How long you been seeing her?'
    As far as I understand, here is the Present Perfect Continuous, but 'have' is obviously missing and there's a usual word-order in a question-sentence. So, is it a form of Present Perfect Cont. typical of colloquial speech? Would be interesting to know.
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: How long you been seeing her?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Bright View Post
    I was watching a film the other day and came across the following phrase:
    A man is secretly going out with a woman. When his friend finds out about the fact, he asks him, ' How long you been seeing her?'
    As far as I understand, here is the Present Perfect Continuous, but 'have' is obviously missing and there's a usual word-order in a question-sentence. So, is it a form of Present Perfect Cont. typical of colloquial speech? Would be interesting to know.
    Thanks a lot
    Yes, you have termed it very nicely. It is 'typical of colloquial speech' and the statement/question should include "have".

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    Re: How long you been seeing her?

    You will come across this in colloquial British English too.

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