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    are you game?

    Hello teachers,

    Could you please tell me if 'are you game' is grammatically correct ?
    and does it mean 'are you on the game' / 'are you participating'?

    Is it a common use?

    thanks.

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    Re: are you game?

    Hello MS,

    If I propose an activity, and say "Are you game?", it means "Are you bold enough to participate?".

    It is an informal expression, and often relates to activities that might be regarded as risky or mildly disreputable in some way.

    I wouldn't call it very common. You also hear "Are you up for it?" in similar situations, in British English.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: are you game?

    "Are you game?" using Mr.P's definition is fairly common in AmE. It can either mean "are you bold enough to participate" or sometimes simply "is this something that sounds appealing to you?"

    "It's been such a hectic week, I'm thinking of inviting some friends over Friday night to relax, have some drinks and watch a movie. Are you game?"

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    Re: are you game?

    Quote Originally Posted by msss View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Could you please tell me if 'are you game' is grammatically correct ?
    and does it mean 'are you on the game' / 'are you participating'?

    Is it a common use?

    thanks.

    I would be very careful with this one...

    If you were to ask someone this question in Britain (to a woman would be even worse!!!) you would be in fact asking ;

    "Are you involved in prostitution?" more specifically; Are you a prostitute?


    Are you game? = Are you up for it?

    Are you on the game? .... you'd probably get a slap!!

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    Re: are you game?

    Quote Originally Posted by msss View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Could you please tell me if 'are you game' is grammatically correct ?
    and does it mean 'are you on the game' / 'are you participating'?

    Is it a common use?

    thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post

    I would be very careful with this one...

    If you were to ask someone this question in Britain (to a woman would be even worse!!!) you would be in fact asking ;

    "Are you involved in prostitution?" more specifically; Are you a prostitute?


    ...
    And, with less of a possibility of being slapped, you need to be careful with your second option too. 'Are you participating?' = 'Are you in the game?'

    'On the game' is quite like another informal expression - with a sense of acting immorally but not in prostitution: someone who is 'on the make' is intent on getting rich fast.

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    Re: are you game?

    The other reference in Canada is about personal body odour. If you have been out somewhere playing a very hard physical sport, desperately in need of a shower and clean clothes, you might say. "Sorry, I haven't had a shower yet, and I am a little gamey."

    "Game" in Canada is wild animals, deer, elk, buffalo, bears etc. In other words, "I smell like a wild animal."
    So, again, be careful to whom you say it.

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