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    "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    I hear tons of "you know" from nativer speakers' conversation, and depending on the context, they may mean different things like emphasis or pause. Does it sometimes mean nothing but a habit not to mean anything? As I can hear much more from an individual than from others.

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    Re: "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I hear tons of "you know" from nativer speakers' conversation, and depending on the context, they may mean different things like emphasis or pause. Does it sometimes mean nothing but a habit not to mean anything? As I can hear much more from an individual than from others.
    Sometimes it is, as you say, a habit and doesn't mean anything.

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    Re: "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    You will hear "like" used the same way.
    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: "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You will hear "like" used the same way.
    Hi Barb_D,

    Could you please give me some examples? I'm eager to learn the use of "like" in the same way of "you know". Thanks.

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    Re: "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    Do NOT try to emulate the style of speech. It's a horrible habit. I simply mentioned it so that when you, like, hear a native speaker, like, saying it all the time, you, like, don't think it means anything, you know?
    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: "you know" emphasis or pause or habit?

    You'll also hear a lot know+mean+like in the same sentence, i.e. (do) you know what I mean, like?


    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do NOT try to emulate the style of speech. It's a horrible habit. I simply mentioned it so that when you, like, hear a native speaker, like, saying it all the time, you, like, don't think it means anything, you know?

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