I saw this sentence while I was using HiNative:

hey ,could u pronounce (a sentence) for me?

'U' is pronounced like 'you'. Is 'u' the same as 'you'?


The two forms, "u" and "you" may have the same meanings but otherwise they have very different registers, and usages. Learners should avoid writing; "u", "b4", or "2nite", etc. in any formal correspondence if they wish to create a positive impression in their readers. In texts, IMs (instant messaging) and emails to friends these abbreviations, also known as textese, txt-speak, and texting language are more than acceptable and can save the writer time and space.


Yes, it's the same, just like when people use "r" instead of "are," though I would stray away doing that.

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