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    #1

    Question Where is the verb?

    It is very often to hear or see some sentences without verb in a film or daily life. Are they correct???

    For instance, (Copied from films subtitles, so don't say I didn't hear the verb. Thanks.)

    You kinda freaking me out.

    How you doing?

    You all right?

    ---

    I support it should have a verb, but I am not sure. The native speaker use them all the time.

    You're kinda freaking me out.

    How are you doing?

    Are you all right?

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by Supermonkey; 14-Jun-2011 at 15:17.

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    Re: Where is the verb?

    With the "You're kind of freaking me out," I would suggest that the 're was said too quickly for the person to catch.

    On the other hand, "How you doing" (pronounced howYUdoo'n) has become a greeting, though usually spoken in jest. I feel like it came from some gangster film or commercial or something. Maybe in the local accent the 're in "how're" just got swallowed, so we picked it up with the verb at all.
    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.

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    Re: Where is the verb?

    You have give examples that are pretty informal. Actually, there is probably a trace of a verb in "You('re) kinda freallng me out" -film subtitles are not always accurate transcriptions of what has been said.

    I have to admit that the verb does seem to have disappeared from some people's "How (are) you doing?"

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    Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post

    I have to admit that the verb does seem to have disappeared from some people's "How (are) you doing?"
    Film subtitles, text messages (SMS), emails, you name it. I'm entirely guilty of starting texts and emails to people with "Hiya. How ya doing?"

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    Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermonkey View Post
    It is very often to hear or see some sentences without verb in a film or daily life. Are they correct???

    For instance, (Copied from films subtitles, so don't say I didn't hear the verb. Thanks.)

    You kinda freaking me out.

    How you doing?

    You all right?

    ---

    I support it should have a verb, but I am not sure. The native speaker use them all the time.

    You're kinda freaking me out.

    How are you doing?

    Are you all right?

    Thank you very much.
    Hi!

    Answering to your question, I don't think these expressions are grammatically correct, although they're pretty common in informal speech. I personally love these changes, but they're difficult to catch.

    I was wondering if native speakers would consider sort of pedantic the use of the complete expression ( I mean with the verb and the rest XD) by another native.

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