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See you laters???

Hello everybody there! A few days ago a friend of mine asked me a question like this: ‘is it possible to say in English ‘’See you laters'’ with the ‘s’ attached to ‘later’ ‘? She claimed she had heard it from an English native. As a humble non-native speaker of English, I was a bit puzzled and found no answer. And how do YOU feel about this?

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Yeah, I've heard it... it is not standard. You would only use it informally, to people you were friendly with. It's considered "cute" and somewhat affected.

speedwell2 November 16, 2004, 3:21am

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It's definitely cutesy/obnoxious slang; I haven't heard "see you laters" but I've heard "Laters!" a lot. If you watch the movie Bend It Like Beckham, for example, the main character's vapid older sister & friends say it a lot.

Johanna November 16, 2004, 5:34am

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I am definte that it's a slang term that people use in reference to - BYE -

passerby November 16, 2004, 7:40am

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Here by the beaches in Southern California, and other places I’m sure, there is a cordial form of “good bye” or “I will see you later” as simply a curt “late” (preferably just after a sentence or two with the tonal nature of Derek Zoolander).

We must all weight the pleasures of pedantic exactitude with artistic reverie. That’s the great tension on this site. That’s the game. My short visit informs me that user: speedwell is an inspired master.

sully December 4, 2004, 7:05pm

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Sully, I think you just gave me my new sig line! :) (Thanks for the compliment... I think it's a compliment... I will assume it's a compliment...)

speedwell2 December 6, 2004, 3:04am

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Interesting. I've never heard "laters", although I guess I did see "Bend It Like Beckham" so I must have just forgotten. In any event, here in the good old US of A, we have a much more logical phrase "see youse later", where "youse" of course is the plural of "you". Obviously if you are not of Italian descent you wouldn't use the phrase and if you live in the South you would use "y'all" instead but these are minor technical issues that should not stand in our way as we enjoy the wondrous intricacies of our language.

joachim2 December 14, 2004, 12:46pm

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Its just how we strange english talk. everyone i know says 'See you laters'. The best part is you can put the 's' at the end of any of the words and its still viable. e.g. 'Sees you later', 'See yous later' or 'See you laters'. it makes no difference!!
The beuty of SLANG

carlos December 15, 2004, 6:17am

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Well, in that case it seems that the 's' is nothing but a kind of an ornament letter, which can shift from a word to word, and which also doesn't bring any meaning into the phrase. Just a sort of appendix-like thing...

marta December 21, 2004, 1:21am

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Is it just me, or are there a lot of slang words that "pluralize"? Like "preggers" for pregnant...

Man, although child birth is a wonderful and marvelous thing, it disturbs me to hear my teenage sisters make it a cute word.

Adam January 20, 2005, 7:45pm

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Being a Swede, I can only speak from my own experience here.
'Laters' (the single word) or 'Laters guys' (or similar, 'Laters dudes' etc) is common in chatting (online games, chats etc). Its longer version 'See you laters' can also be seen, but the faster-to-type 'Laters' is more common.
Perhaps this is mainly a European (or even more regional) thing, evolved among non English natives, I don't know. I do know that these days I mainly chat with Europeans.
Of course I've also encountered 'Later and 'Later guys', but I get the feeling those are less used, or maybe that's just because I personally use the 's' version.

slemmet April 23, 2005, 9:05am

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many young people say it (being one i know) its to present a dorky charm. and sometimes to make it sound cute or friendly.

nikki April 29, 2005, 9:42pm

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It sounds mexican and digusting. Just speak english right!

Batman May 13, 2012, 5:11pm

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In the book "Fifty Shades of Grey", Christian says "laters baby". So f-ing annoying if you ask me. The S is completely unnecessary. The term "later" is slang enough on its own.

Kelsey June 22, 2012, 2:16am

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I agree about laters in the novel fifty shades! It makes people sound like they are 12! That is the one thing in that book that is sooo not sexy!

Syoung July 31, 2012, 6:17pm

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