What is the difference between

What you waiting for?


What are you waiting for?

  • I believe that the first one is just a contracted form of the second. People usually use this when in a hurry. This also may depict dialect variation from zone to zone. Some people may also say it is a poor English usage. Dec 16, 2020 at 14:30

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The difference is that "What you waiting for?" is not standard English. It may be dialect speech. We ask questions about someone's actions using a form of the verb 'to be', e.g. What are you waiting for? What is he doing? Where are you going? When will she come? Why did he do that? Who is that man?

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