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'?
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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.