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Which of the following is correct?

"What do you think about?"

"What you think about?"

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    Mind elaborating on your question?
    – Mistu4u
    Sep 23, 2013 at 11:48

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For formal communication, you need a verb: "What do you think about autumn?" or, "What are you thinking about now?"

In informal communication, you can get by without it, but the wording would have a very slangy (if not uneducated) feel:

What you think about the new uniforms?
Love 'em - they are epic!

Incidentally, when spoken, the first line of that dialog would probably sound something like this: "Whatchu think about the new uniforms?"

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  • Really? "what you" becomes "whatchu"...most trolling I ever heard :D
    – Mistu4u
    Sep 25, 2013 at 16:39
  • @Mistu4u - Yes, really! Sometimes it's spelled whatcha, and sometimes whatchu, when whoever is writing it wants to highlight how the words what and you are being slurred together. One rather famous example is mentioned in Wikipedia: Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" You can find examples of that utterance all over YouTube, like in this montage.
    – J.R.
    Sep 25, 2013 at 17:53
  • Reminds me of the film Cloud Atlas, it was a headache to understand Tom Hank and Hale Berry's pronunciation in a distant future :P Every word was either preceded by ' or followed by '
    – Mistu4u
    Sep 25, 2013 at 17:57
  • Yes, "what you" becomes "whatchu" or "whatcha" with regularity in informal conversations. In fact, "Whatcha gonna do?" was the title of a hit single in 1977 by the band Pablo Cruise. Aug 26, 2016 at 20:34

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