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    The expression"what's up?"

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    Q: What is the best choice for the blank?

    A: Guess what? I'm going to New York tomorrow for one month.
    B: Really? _____________

    1. What's up?
    2. You're kidding.
    3. How have you been?
    4. You have to study hard.
    5. What are you going to do tomorrow?

    I think 1 or 2 seems appropriate. But I can't tell the difference. Please help!

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by yamamoto View Post
    Hello.

    Q: What is the best choice for the blank?

    A: Guess what? I'm going to New York tomorrow for one month.
    B: Really? _____________

    1. What's up?
    2. You're kidding.
    3. How have you been?
    4. You have to study hard.
    5. What are you going to do tomorrow?

    I think 1 or 2 seems appropriate. But I can't tell the difference. Please help!
    I can't see how any of the options relate to the statement.

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    #3

    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Thank you so much, but as the questioner I still can't understand what the reply means.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by yamamoto View Post
    Thank you so much, but as the questioner I still can't understand what the reply means.
    If A says "Guess what, I'm going to New York tomorrow for one month", B's response could be just "Really?". None of the options you have presented is either appropriate or necessary.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Number 2 does make sense to me. I'm not sure about "what's up". It sounds a bit strange, but perhaps some speakers might use it to ask about the reason for A's going to New York for one month. If not, "you're kidding" is the right answer by elimination in my opinion. None of the others makes any sense. Since bhaisahab said "you're kidding" is inappropriate, and two other native speakers agreed, I can't be sure, but it sounds perfectly natural to me.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 14-May-2012 at 18:51.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Number 2 does make sense to me. [...] "you're kidding" is the right answer by elimination in my opinion. None of the others makes any sense. Since bhaisahab said "you're kidding" is inappropriate, and two other native speakers agreed, I can't be sure, but it sounds perfectly natural to me.
    If the 'Really?' hadn't been there, I would have agreed with you.

    #1 has to be the answer that is being looked for, but I don't like it. #5 would be a silly reponse, and, though #1, #3 and #4 are just about possible, you'd have to construct a moderately elaborate context for those to be natural. Both 'Really?' and 'You're kidding!' are fine, one their own. They don't sound natural together, in my opinion.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by yamamoto View Post
    Hello.

    Q: What is the best choice for the blank?

    A: Guess what? I'm going to New York tomorrow for one month.
    B: Really? _____________

    1. What's up?
    2. You're kidding.
    3. How have you been?
    4. You have to study hard.
    5. What are you going to do tomorrow?

    I think 1 or 2 seems appropriate. But I can't tell the difference. Please help!
    In AmE, #2 ("You're kidding") would be the most expected response. Why? First, because of the introductory remark by Person A., "Guess what?", that when used in this way it is usually followed by a surprise announcement or about something the listener would not expect. In your example "going to New York" would be that type of announcement (not an everyday/ordinary experience). Second, "What's up?" is often used, as strange as it might seem, as a greeting between persons instead of the more formal "Hello" and less formal "Hi". The reason "what's up" would not typically be used is that Person A. has already stated "what's up" with his/her statement about travelling to New York.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    In AmE, #2 ("You're kidding") would be the most expected response. Why? First, because of the introductory remark by Person A., "Guess what?", that when used in this way it is usually followed by a surprise announcement or about something the listener would not expect. In your example "going to New York" would be that type of announcement (not an everyday/ordinary experience). Second, "What's up?" is often used, as strange as it might seem, as a greeting between persons instead of the more formal "Hello" and less formal "Hi". The reason "what's up" would not typically be used is that Person A. has already stated "what's up" with his/her statement about travelling to New York.
    Well, yeah, but "what's up?" could also be soliciting more information about why this sudden and extended trip.

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    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Well, yeah, but "what's up?" could also be soliciting more information about why this sudden and extended trip.
    Could be, but given the four choices and in the context posted I must stick with "You're kidding".


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    #10

    Re: The expression"what's up?"

    Along with everyone else, I don't think any of the answers makes complete sense, but of the 5 I would have to go with "What's up?" on the assumption that it has been used to mean "Why [are you going to New York]?"

    I agree that putting "Really?" and "You're kidding" makes for unnatural overkill. One or the other, yes, but not both.

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