I wonder if "What are you at now?" is correct grammatically to use, in this format and context.

Two concerns that I have:

Ending with "at"

  • I am not ending the question with the "at". However, I am not sure adding a "now" at the end does help or not. Will this still be a valid question to ask? Is it valid to end a question with "at"?


  • I am using it to address a person's need to understand where they are standing with a problem. The closest that I could think of to ask was "Where are you now?". However, I think the "Where" question is more about the location and not the state of the person.

I know there is a very similar question asked at here. However, mine is different in a sense that there is now at the end.

  • Did you perhaps mean Where are you at now? – Drew Sep 23 '17 at 0:49
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    "Doctor, my blood pressure was 190/120 two hours ago." "What are you at now?" -- perfectly valid. – Hot Licks Sep 23 '17 at 0:50
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    No, I didn't mean the physical location. I mean, for example, Where mentally you are in that situation. Does that make sense? @Drew – sheidaei Sep 23 '17 at 1:26
  • Does it make sense talking about situations as well? For example, one is talking about an unpleasant situation in the past. You ask them "What are you at now looking back at that situation"? Is it valid in that situation too? @HotLicks – sheidaei Sep 23 '17 at 1:28
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    @sheidaei - Where are you at now? is much more idiomatic for eliciting the response you’re looking for and does not specifically require a shallow answer. – Jim Sep 23 '17 at 15:45

ODO actually gives a relevant example, though it labels the usage informal:

be at informal

Be doing or trying to do.

‘what are you at there?’

But the definition is different, addressing an activity rather than a state. This is not used the same way as 'Where are you at now?' Compare the contrast between 'What are you doing now?' and 'How are you doing now?'

  • Thanks. I think you answered my question without me asking it correctly. I was exactly looking for asking for a state with an action attached to. I am asking this question just after "What is it that you want?". – sheidaei Sep 25 '17 at 12:53

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