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Is the following sentence correct:

Games that have us like (whoa sign)

The sentence above is a heading of the description of the most interesting apps in 2019.

I am curious to know if the sentence "Games that have us like (without whoa sign)" makes any sense. Let me make this clear that in the sentence above I am asking if the sentence makes any sense without whoa sign.

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It is not a complete sentence because it demands further information: What do these games do or what did somebody do to them? The verb has does not create a complete sentence because it is in a subordinate clause introduced by that.

It is a noun phrase or nominal, since it is a combination of words that expresses an idea that might be the subject or object of a complete sentence.

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The phrase "games that have us like" makes sense, but it's an incomplete thought.

The meaning of the phrase "games that have us like, 'whoa'" (or however you might spell that) is games that when played, or watched, made us react with astonishment.

More generally, the phrase "[noun/pronoun] has us like [reaction]" means the noun/pronoun caused us to feel the stated way.

For example, a quick search turns up these two results:

"[Her] booty has me like, whoa" - when I see her butt, I am astonished

"Instagram stories got me like, you all need to listen to better music" - when I see your Instagram stories, I feel like you need to listen to better music.

This construction is slang and should only be used in contexts where slang is appropriate.

So, "games that have us like" makes sense, but demands more information, just the same as the phrase, "books that make us think of" - think of what?

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  • I think more of stereotypical white Californians than black Americans when I hear a phrase like this. I could very easily imagine the speaker with a surfboard and bleached-blond hair.
    – Angelos
    Jan 2 '20 at 17:11
  • @AeonAkechi, could be. I'll update my answer to remove this bit of unnecessary speculation.
    – Juhasz
    Jan 2 '20 at 17:14
  • What is a 'whoa sign'? Jan 2 '20 at 18:13
  • @MichaelHarvey, that's a good question. I answered this question on the assumption that a whoa sign was some kind of pictorial representation of a person saying "whoa" - like an emoji, for instance.
    – Juhasz
    Jan 2 '20 at 18:20
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    @curious, that's the same question I answered above. "Games that have us like" is an incomplete sentence, and its meaning is described above.
    – Juhasz
    Jan 5 '20 at 0:04

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