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    Post whats up

    hello, teacher

    whats the meaning of ''what's up''


    thanks alot

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    Re: whats up

    It could mean several things. Have you more context?

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    Re: whats up

    Quote Originally Posted by abtin View Post
    Hello, teacher

    What's the meaning of ''What's up?''?


    Thanks a lot.
    Welcome abtin. Please see the amendments I have made to your post in red.

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with the appropriate punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).
    - You remember to put the apostrophe in "What's up?" but forgot to put it in the first "What's"!
    - "A lot" is written as two separate words.

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    Smile Re: whats up

    it often means ; what news do you have?


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    Re: whats up

    Quote Originally Posted by saramehr View Post
    It often means 'What news do you have?'


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    Sara, please note emsr2d2's helpful tips above and read this extract from the forum guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

    However, I have to say that your answer is helpful.

    Rover

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    #7

    Re: whats up

    Agreed with Saramehr. In starting a conversation, either in person or on the phone, it's asking 'what's new in your life?' (usually as far back as the last time we spoke or saw each other)

    Common equivalents are 'what's new?' and 'what's going on?'

    When two people are passing each other on the street and don't stop to talk, in AmE it's used as a simple greeting. You're not expected to actually answer with what's been happening with you recently. You can simply say back 'hi', 'hey', 'hello', another 'what's up' or even 'how's it going?" In this context, even asking 'how's it going' or 'how are you' is just a greeting if two people are passing each other and don't stop to chat.

    I can think of another context in AmE, not too often heard, between two people about to get in a fight or argument. If, for example, you're in a crowded bar and you hear someone saying bad things about you, or you see someone flirting with your girlfriend (or any other kind of situation that makes you want to confront people), you could confront that other person with 'what's up?' I consider this mostly used by young guys in American 'frat boy culture'.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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