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    "Where you at?"

    WOW! I hear this all the time. My mother-in-law would have said, "between the 'a' and the 't'" and laughed. What has happened to folks simply using correct grammar and saying, "where are you?"

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    Re: "Where you at?"

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyinthemists View Post
    WOW! I hear this all the time. My mother-in-law would have said, "between the 'a' and the 't'" and laughed. What has happened to folks simply using correct grammar and saying, "where are you?"
    People often use such phrases, knowing that they are ungrammatical. I think it's simply a playful usage.

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    Re: "Where you at?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I see you were concerned about this ten years ago: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...215#post168215.
    So sorry! It has been quite some time since my original query and, at my age, I tend to forget as I don't visit this forum very often. I'll try to do better in future. Thanks, Piscean.

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    Re: "Where you at?"

    I think it's like no can do- people say it's wrong, knowing it's wrong, for the pleasure of saying something wrong.

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    Re: "Where you at?"

    Frankly, I really don't believe that many of the folks that I hear using this phrase are even remotely aware that it is incorrect grammar usage.
    I am not a teacher.

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