Why Michael, vsause's host at the start of each video says "Michael here" instead of "Michael is here"?

Is it grammatically correct or just a slang / simplified way of speaking?

  • 1
    Please define just what you mean by “grammatically correct” explicitly here.
    – tchrist
    May 8, 2013 at 12:07
  • By "grammatically correct" I mean, that there is a rule that you should say in this way. I learned that the verb is mandatory in the sentence but here it's absent.
    – Pavel
    May 8, 2013 at 12:19
  • I don’t know why you think all utterances must have a verb in them.
    – tchrist
    May 8, 2013 at 13:11

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It's not an abbreviation of 'Michael is here'; rather of 'This is Michael here': compare the BBC wartime introduction 'Ici Londres'. This is a not uncommon way of introducing yourself, though it always sounds a little strange to me.

And 'grammatically correct' in your question also sounds slightly strange. No, this is not a complete sentence, but there is no reason why it should be; headlines, interjections, introductions and the like need to be understood rather than to be precise.


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