I was watching Titanic the movie today. In the movie, someone came out of a room and saw another person and said with anger : "You there? "

Does it mean "I am happy you are here" or "I am surprised you are here" ?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Hellion, tchrist, user140086, Nathaniel, Kristina Lopez Dec 24 '15 at 18:31

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • You said they said it with anger. So why would it mean they were happy? Generally it is considered to be an aggressive (or at least not very polite) way to get someone's attention. – nxx Feb 25 '14 at 12:46
  • This question seems unanswerable without further context. It makes no sense for someone to ask "You there?" of a person they are looking right at, much less to do so angrily. – singletee Dec 23 '15 at 16:45

It means neither. It is an exclamation trying to get the attention of the fellow at a distance. For that reason it is loud, and thus less than polite. Thus its most common use is by an authority figure to someone at least suspected of trespassing.

  • Seems like a sound answer to me. The comma probably shouldn't be in the phrase for that usage, though, as it indicates a pause, which would come out as addressing someone as "you" and then telling them "there". For example, when arraying schoolchildren, you might point at one and say, "You, there." – Sean Duggan Feb 25 '14 at 20:57

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.