I find that many Canadians like to say "eh". I would like to know the following:
Is this just a cultural thing?
Is it improper grammar?
Do any other places do this?
Thanks in advance.
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It's not as common as some people think, but I have run into some Canadians who do use "eh" on occasion. I think it's more in the east of the country; I hear it more in Ottawa than in Vancouver.
Anyway, I take it as a shorthand way of turning a statement into a question. One might say "It's hot today, isn't it?" or "That was a bit harsh, wouldn't you say ol' boy?" I like the poster who used the French equivalent. In the states, I hear people use "huh" in the exact same way.