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    In the SNL episode hosted by Drake in one of the sketches (detention/poetry class) Vanessa Bayer says: "Anyone else have a poem they wanted to share?" can one say "anyone else have"? Is that a shortened spoken construction that omits the auxiliary? In the sketch she is supposed to be a poet. Would any language conscious speaker (e.g. a poet) use such a structure?

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    Re: anyone else have...

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    In the SNL episode hosted by Drake in one of the sketches (detention/poetry class) Vanessa Bayer says: "Anyone else have a poem they wanted to share?" can one say "anyone else have"? Is that a shortened spoken construction that omits the auxiliary? In the sketch she is supposed to be a poet. Would any language conscious speaker (e.g. a poet) use such a structure?
    Yes, in colloquial spoken English, that construction (leaving out "does") is common.

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    Re: anyone else have...

    Shouldn't a conjugated form be used, same as in a declarative sentence, only intonation marking it as interrogative?

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    Re: anyone else have...

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    Shouldn't a conjugated form be used, same as in a declarative sentence, only intonation marking it as interrogative?
    Are you asking about grammar or colloquial usage?

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    Re: anyone else have...

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    Shouldn't a conjugated form be used, same as in a declarative sentence, only intonation marking it as interrogative?
    Many people don't ask themselves this question when speaking colloquially- all sorts of things that would be rules in writing or formal speech are ignored.

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