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I often encounter people saying "you right" instead of "you are right". Is it correct?

UPDATE. I meant I often encounter things like "yes, you right" in written form.

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Those people who say "You right" are wrong. If they also say "I right" they are wrong wrong wrong!. –  FumbleFingers Feb 16 '12 at 18:55
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Chances are that these people are actually saying You're right, but you aren't hearing the -'re when it's followed by another r sound. –  JSBձոգչ Feb 16 '12 at 19:08
    
I often encounter this in written form. –  Anixx Feb 16 '12 at 20:10
    
@JSBᾶngs: That would be dialectal then. I have a pretty limited phoneme set myself, but even I would distinguish the vowel sounds in "you" "you're". Perhaps it's just minimalism at work, like when even native speakers say/write "My bad" for "My mistake". –  FumbleFingers Feb 16 '12 at 20:54
    
@FumbleFingers, I also distinguish those vowels, but it's plausible that a NNS would find them easily confusable. –  JSBձոգչ Feb 17 '12 at 1:29
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The written phenomenon, of 'you right' used to mean the statement 'you are right', is well documented. (many examples at google books.

Most of the examples seem to be AAVE which very characteristically drops the 'to be'.

In addition to the possibility that some instances may be EFL speakers who natively speak a language that drops the copula, there is a trend in texting/twitter to telegraphic language, where some things are dropped.

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You right may be dialectic or acceptable conversationally, but it is not standard written English. The standard form would be You are right, or informally You're right— perhaps the speaker is actually saying the latter but the 're is muffled by his or her speech or accent.

Otherwise, I would expect you right only in some elaborate compound construction, such as

I've heard conflicting opinions from Mary, John, and yourself, but my research tells me she is wrong, he half-right, and you right.

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+1 for a (reasonably successful) elaborate construction that's at least not out-and-out wrong! –  FumbleFingers Feb 16 '12 at 18:57
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Maybe "I've heard conflicting opinions from Mary, John, and yourself, but my research tells me she is wrong, he - half-right, and you - right." In this case the dash replaces the "are" verb. –  Anixx Feb 16 '12 at 20:15
    
Or, "Let's get into our positions. Me: left. You: right." :-) –  Jay Feb 16 '12 at 20:25
    
Or, "Who said that? You, right?" Hey this is a fun game. –  Jay Feb 16 '12 at 20:26
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You right is almost certainly a perception of someone saying You're right.

The contraction you're is pronounced /yər/, and before a word beginning with /r/ the R's would be merged: /yər 'rayt/ ==> /yəráyt/.

In many languages, the be auxiliary is not necessary before a predicate adjective like right, so

You right.

sounds right to native speakers of these languages (Russian, Chinese, Malay, many others), and they have to keep remembering to put in that little auxiliary. Even if it's inaudible.

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Probably also acceptable in AAVE. –  aedia λ Feb 16 '12 at 20:20
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The contraction you're can be pronounced four or five different ways, depending on your dialect of English. And if you're used to hearing it one way, somebody pronouncing it a different may sound to you a lot like you right. –  Peter Shor Feb 16 '12 at 20:32
    
Precisely. Thanks for the summary. –  John Lawler Feb 16 '12 at 20:37
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