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Today’s American English phrase is YOU GUYS HEAR ABOUT?, and it’s a very handy phrase for situations when you’re approaching a group of people with an intent to tell them some news.
And by the way, this phrase is a typical example of how we can omit words in conversational English, and while some perfectionists will consider such a grammar construct a mistake, in reality it’s exactly how people are speaking in real life!
Obviously, grammatically correct way of wording this phrase would be the following: “Have you guys heard about?” or “Did you guys hear about?” – depending on context.
In real life conversations, however, native English speakers quite often omit the auxiliary verbs from the beginning of sentences, and the resulting sentence is something of a crossbreed between a question and a statement.
And if you think about it, this phrase YOU GUYS HEAR ABOUT? doesn’t even follow any English grammar rules!
Hadn’t I known that such a grammar construct exists, I would have told you that it’s either
DID you guys HEAR about?
You guys HEARD about?
I mean – I would have thought that the moment you do away with the auxiliary verb TO DO in the beginning of the sentence, the main verb TO HEAR changes to Past Tense.
It turns out it’s not the case, and you’re perfectly fine to say things like YOU GUYS HEAR ABOUT? which doesn’t really make any sense if you’re an English grammar buff and you like following grammar rules by the letter!
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