Is it right to say "you wanna join?" to invite someone to join me for the activity? Is it causal English or not grammatical at all. thanks. I know it's correct to say "you wanna join me?", however i wonder if "you wanna join" works as well here. Thank you

  • Note that causal is the wrong word. Try casual.
    – JavaLatte
    Aug 19, 2020 at 2:01

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You wanna join [me]? is a very informal (or casual, if that is what you mean) way of asking Do you want to join [me]? It is neither correct nor grammatical, but it is idiomatic as a representation of informal speech.

If you leave out the me it means Do you want to join [the activity]?

  • perfect thanks it's weird that i searched about "do you wanna join" on ludwig and youglish but only few results show up, thought i was wrong. so, do people use "you wanna join" often in everyday english?
    – Kyle X
    Aug 16, 2020 at 0:48
  • People younger than I am may do! To me, D'you want to join [the group or activity]? or Would you like to join? would be more natural. Aug 16, 2020 at 7:22

The word join can mean DO TOGETHER or BECOME A MEMBER. If you want to use the DO TOGETHER meaning, it requires an object, for example join me or join us, or a preposition join with....

The BECOME A MEMBER meaning can be used without an object, as long as it's clear what group or organization somebody became a member of:

It's a great club. Why don't you join?

I would therefore assume that "You wanna join?" was asking whether I wanted to become a member of some club or organization.

Another option to consider is join in. You would use that if you are part of a group of people doing something, and wish to invite another person to participate.

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