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I got one friend in Yahoo Messenger, and I want to ask where he is staying now i.e. in which area; in which city..............How should I ask? I can think of the following three options.

Where do u stay?

Where are u staying?

Where have u been staying ?
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User_garyI got one friend in Yahoo Messenger, and I want to ask where he is staying now i.e. in which area; in which city..............How should I ask? I can think of the following three options.

Where do u stay?

Where are u staying?

Where have u been staying ?
What happened to you in your writing? You have been doing so well till now.

You want to know where he is now - so where are you staying is the question to ask.
Thank u Feebs11.

What happened to you in your writing? You have been doing so well till now.
I don't understand what u mean by this.
You want to know where he is now - so where are you staying is the question to ask.
I know I should say, "Where are u staying", but I remember many buddies asked me "Where do u stay"?, so I got confused.
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Feebs means you should write 'you' not 'u'. You are not sending us a text message.
Nona The BritFeebs means you should write 'you' not 'u'. You are not sending us a text message.
Sorry! Sorry! Now I got it.

For the last few days, I have been chatting with my friends through Yahoo Messenger. I use shortcuts while chatting with them, so now it has become a habit.
Hi Gary,

I hope you realize that 'Where are you staying?' indicates that you think the person will only be there temporarily, eg is visiting temporarily.

If you are asking about my permanent residence, say 'Where do you live?'

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you all friends.

Do you mean we don't say "Where do you stay" or "Where have you been staying" in any context?
Hi,

Do you mean we don't say "Where do you stay" or "Where have you been staying" in any context? It's not hard to find contexts where these are fine.

eg 'When you visit Tokyo every year, where do you stay?'

eg 'I know that you have been sight-seeing here in London for the last two weeks. Where have you been staying?'

Best wishes, Clive
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