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    colloquialism

    Hello teachers,

    well, could you give us some more examples on colloquialism, language street? I mean, things that are said on everyday informal conversation. This is not about slangs or idioms, this is about the act of modifying sentence's structure.

    For example:

    1. Watcha wanna do = what do you want to do
    2.

    I've heard people usually don't say 'what do you want to do', it can make one seem like a robot, right? people say: Watcha wanna do.

    I really appreciate any help.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: colloquialism

    I'll start.
    We often omit auxiliary verbs in questions:
    You goin' tonight?

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    Smile Re: colloquialism

    what y'up to?
    where y'off to?
    how's it going?

    That kind of thing?

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    Re: colloquialism

    Exactly, this is not easy to understand whether native speaker say it fastly. But it's OK, spoken English, right?

    So, Could you guys gimme more examples?

    Thanks a thousand

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    Re: colloquialism

    Could you- Cudja

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    Re: colloquialism

    Here we go!

    01. Watcha = What (do) you
    02. Cudja = Could you
    03. Gimme = Give me
    04. Ain't = Am/Is/are/have/has not
    05. Wanna = Want to
    06. Gonna = Going to
    07. Gotta = Got to
    08. I dunno = I do not know
    09. what y'up to = what are you up to
    10. Where y'off to = Where are you off to
    11. Gotcha = I (have) got you
    12. Lemme go = Let me go
    13. kinda/sucha = kind/such of
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    Does anyone know any more?

    Thank you very very much!
    Last edited by Offroad; 06-Mar-2008 at 07:21.

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