I want to know if it's correct to say "you neither" in the context below

This is an informal conversation between "A" and "B"

A: You didn't wake up early.

B: You neither (meaning B is saying that A didn't wake up early)

I know B can say to A “Neither did you" or "You didn't wake up early either"

My question is can B say to A "You neither” (or “You either”) in that context that B is telling A that A also didn't wake up early?

I've never heard "you neither" as a response, and I want to know if it's grammatically correct to say "You neither" as response instead of "neither did you" or "you didn't wake up early either” in a context like the one above.

  • Debates? But the examples shown in this answer are very similar to yours ell.stackexchange.com/questions/33544/… – RubioRic Jun 2 '18 at 6:45
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    Possible duplicate of What is the difference between "me neither" and "me either"? – RubioRic Jun 2 '18 at 6:46
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    @RubioRic I think this question is mainly focused on "you" part not the either or neither which is the case in the post you flagged as the duplicate. I don't think this is a duplicate, correct me if I am wrong though. – Cardinal Jun 7 '18 at 19:48
  • @Cardinal It actually does make this question interesting. "Me neither" is common in colloquial speech. "You neither" sounds off (either nonidiomatic or low-register) to me. – joiedevivre Jun 7 '18 at 19:59

It is something of an oddity in English. "Me neither" is a common colloquialism (see the answer @RubioRic pointed out: What is the difference between "me neither" and "me either"?) However, "you neither" is not!

It's possible that it is used colloquially in some dialects that I'm unaware of, but for me, when I try to imagine hearing the following exchange:

You didn't wake up early.
You neither!

I can only picture "you neither" being spoken by a toddler who hasn't quite mastered the language yet.

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    First of all thank you for answering my question. To use "me neither" as a response in an informal speech is common and acceptable but "you/he/she/they/we neither", or "John,Mary, Peter neither" is odd and English native speakers would get thrown off and wouldn't understand it? – user54219 Jun 8 '18 at 3:37
  • @user54219 Yes, I think that's mostly true. I think English speakers would "understand" it, but it would sound very odd. Also, "him/her/them/us" would be slightly more appropriate than he/she/they/we, but would still sound wrong. – joiedevivre Jun 8 '18 at 4:51

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