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03 / 10 / 2007

WHAT'S WRONG?: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: What's wrong?

Meaning: It is used (in spoken English) to ask someone who looks ill or worried to tell you what the problem is.

Notice, we do not say "what is happening with you?" (¿qué te pasa?).

Example 1:
Daniel: Judith...what's wrong? You look awful!
Judith: The truth is, I'm not sure, but I think I am coming down with the flu (gripe). I've got a fever and I feel very nauseous.

We also use this expression to ask someone why they do not approve of something that we are doing or have done.

Example 2:
Dave: Are you still preparing the report for tomorrow?
Mark: Yeah...what's wrong?
Dave: Well, we still have to prepare the meeting. I thought you'd be finished by now.

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