“What's up with this erratic weather we've been having, huh?”

English Lesson: What's up with this erratic weather we've been having, huh?

Recently, the weather has been changing drastically from one day to the next. Two days ago, it was sunny and warm, but today it's snowing. You're making small talk with a friend, so you bring up the topic of the weather.

What's up with this erratic weather we've been having, huh?

What's up with (something)?

"What's up with ___?" is a casual way of asking:

  • What is happening?
  • Why is something happening?

For example:

What's up with your family these days?

What's up with that cut on your forehead?

What's up with all the earthquakes that have been happening in the last few years?

If someone says:

What's up with this weather?

... they want to know why the weather has been changing so much.

erratic weather

"Erratic weather" means weather that's strange for the season, and that changes a lot from day to day. People usually use this phrase to talk about weather that's warm on one day and then much cooler the next day.

The word "erratic" can also be used to describe some other things, like a person's behavior:

His behavior has been awfully erratic lately.

Like erratic weather, "erratic behavior" is when a person acts differently from day to day. An "erratic" person changes their personality suddenly.

weather we've been having

You can talk about recent weather patterns using the phrase "weather we've been having":

This is a strange bit of weather we've been having.

Nice weather we've been having, isn't it?

You use "have been ___ing" when you're talking about an action or state that is:

  • continuing
  • recent

Another example of "have been ___ing" is:

I've been working hard on finding a replacement for Abby now that she's left.

(sentence), huh?

When someone ends a sentence with "huh?" it means that they think you're going to agree with what they said:

What a waste, huh?

Oh, I guess we're both going the same way, huh?

Valerie's really on a rampage today, huh?

"Huh" is common when you're making small talk about the weather, or when you're gossiping about someone.

When someone says "___, huh?" you should respond "Yeah!" if you agree with what they said.


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