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    you've got mail

    du hast post bekommen, oder?
    hab ich das so richtig geschrieben? kann ich auch sagen "you got mail?"
    Authorlausi20 Apr 08, 23:57
    haLLO max^3pf =)

    es bezieht sich auf die englische!
    #2Authorlausi21 Apr 08, 00:13
    The Cher voice uses this form as an insider reference to the song she did with her then-husband Sonny Bono:

    "I Got You Babe"

    [HER:] They say we're young and we don't know
    We won't find out until we grow
    [HIM:] Well I don't know if all that's true
    'Cause you got me, and baby I got you

    maxxxpf is correct in his evaluation of it as informal and grammatically questionable. The standard AOL greeting is "You've got mail." There was even a film by that title in 1998.
    #4AuthorRobert -- US (328606) 21 Apr 08, 01:46
    @maxxpf: You're new to this forum, aren't you?
    #6AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:03
    Robert--US is not a newbie
    #8AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:13
    @maxxxpf #5: Not when you remember that the star who says it is Cher herself, i.e. the same person who sang the song. For anyone who is old enough to remember Sonny and Cher (that includes me), hearing Cher say "You got [anything]" will immediately bring that song to mind. It was, especially during their television series, Sonny and Cher's signature song.

    So, no, it's not far fetched at all. As I said, it's an insider reference; you just aren't old enough to belong to the club. (-: - for the show - for an old video
    #9AuthorRobert -- US (328606) 21 Apr 08, 02:13
    I'm definitely a member of the "I got you Babe" club ...
    #10AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:20
    "You got mail" sagt übrigens Cher, wenn man sie als Starstimme bei AOL anklickt. Das ist allerdings informell und grammatisch bedenklich. - #1

    You've got mail.
    ist korrekter
    - #3

    @maxxxpf: this is why you irk me: "you've got mail" is not "korrekter" than "You got mail." Where do you come up with this stuff? Is this what you teach your students? Why do you keep insisting you're right when you're not?

    You've got mail - Du hast/Sie haben Post
    You got mail - Du hast/Sie haben Post bekommen oder Du bekamst/Sie bekamen Post

    Grammatically perfectly okay, despite your claims.
    #12Authordude (253248) 21 Apr 08, 02:24
    @#11 - I agree completely, it's a widely used phrase. I'm just saying that Cher used it instead of the standard "You've got mail" for AOL as a sly wink to her earlier song.
    #13AuthorRobert -- US (328606) 21 Apr 08, 02:27
    @maxxpf: Why should Americans ask someone in the street "You got fire?"
    #14AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:29
    ... fire's been around ever since the Flintstones.
    #15AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:30
    ... appeared on the scene.
    #16AuthorWolfman (236211) 21 Apr 08, 02:31
    Of course, there are always those who want to avoid "got" and would insist on "You have mail." (-:

    Some places have banned smoking at the beach and in parks; several have banned smoking in outdoor cafes; and that doesn't include the general ban (in CA, at least) on smoking indoors at places open to the general public, including restaurants and bars. There are even some places that are proposing banning smoking in individual apartments if the smoke wafts over to their neighbors. Not that I mind breathing air that isn't filled with cigarette smoke, but there need to be limits to Big Brother government.

    @#18 - or even "Got a light?", but that's another thread. (-:
    #19AuthorRobert -- US (328606) 21 Apr 08, 02:55
    That's what I said last night - Robert--US is not a newbie.
    Wolfman isn't one, either. While I was still smoking I used to as people for "a light" not "have you got fire" ... ;-)
    #20AuthorWolfman (236211) 22 Apr 08, 00:44
    ... used to as*k* people for ...
    #21AuthorWolfman (236211) 22 Apr 08, 00:45
    Please enlight me:
    You guys bored or something? ;)
    #23Authornonsmoking headshaker22 Apr 08, 08:54
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