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Hey guys, it’s Shane from English Understood here and this is part three of the ‘What Would You Say If …’ series.
What’s going on? What’s going on?
This is how native speakers say ‘What’s going on?’ What’s going on?
When we say this really really quickly, we don’t say ‘what’s’. We say ‘woss’. We don’t actually say that T sound. And we don’t say”going”. We say “goin'”. And then we join the “goin'” and the “on” together. Woss goin’ on? Woss goin’ on? Now you try. Woss goin’ on?
‘What’s going on’ is a very informal greeting and it does not mean how are you. So if someone says this to you, please don’t say ‘I’m good.’ ‘What’s going on’ can have many meanings but the main meaning is normally what’s happening? What is happening?
So some common answers could be ‘Not much, you?’ This is saying that not much is happening. Another common response could be ‘I just finished work. What about you?’ I just finished work. What about you? What’s happening is that I just finished work.
Another common response could be ‘I’m just studying for my exam next week.’ I’m just studying for my exam next week. So what’s happening is that I am studying now for my exam next week.
And sometimes if somebody says ‘What’s going on’ to you, you don’t even have to answer this question. You could reply by saying ‘Hey, how are you’ or just start by talking about a different topic.
So let’s pretend someone says to me ‘Hey Shane, what’s going on’, I could say to them ‘Hey, did you see the movie last night?’
So the next time someone says ‘woss goin’ on’ to you, you will know how to answer this correctly.