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In (American) movies I have often heard people say

You OK?
You ready?

instead of

Are you OK?
Are you ready?

I doubt this is proper English. Or is it? Is it colloquial only? Is it only American "slang"?

  • I stopped watching "Homeland" because they used 'You okay?' about 273 times each episode. – user6951 Dec 23 '14 at 14:05
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    Never mind the verb! We don't even bother with the pronoun in SE UK, where "Alright?" is a standard "greeting" (meaning "Hi!", rather than "Are you alright?"). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 23 '14 at 14:56
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In an informal way, it's okay. Also, I observe that such sentences are spoken hurriedly. Also, in speech (especially in movies), they don't bother that much of grammar.

I won't say that as proper English but then, since they are quite common in their tongue, the natives make these sentences acceptable!

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