I was following a chat the other day and encountered the phrase "hab was für dich".

Hab seems to be an in the imperative form, but I would like to learn the meaning of it.

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    Can you please give us a little bit more context? Also, you might want to take a look at How do I ask good, on-topic questions for translations or about differences?. – Wrzlprmft Oct 30 '14 at 12:25
  • @Wrzlprmft I thought first it is Imperative form "habe etwas für dich". Thought it could be "Help yourself". – Alex Herman Oct 30 '14 at 12:35
  • @Wrzlprmft I live in Russia. My both English and German are not so good to ideally explain situation. Sorry. – Alex Herman Oct 30 '14 at 12:46
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    It was most likely just sloppy written for "Ich habe etwas für Dich", like "Lemme" instead of "Let me" or "c'mon" instead of "come on". – Veredomon Oct 30 '14 at 14:01

It literally means:

I have something for you

I doubt that there is a special meaning.

  • Ah! Absolutely right! "Ich hab...", "Ich habe...". Thanks! – Alex Herman Oct 30 '14 at 12:33
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    And it can be used with physical: "Hab’ was [ein Geschenk / a gift, eine Überraschung / a surprise] für dich!" or meta-physical items: "Hab’ was [Neuigkeiten / news, Informationen / information] für dich!". – Gerold Broser Oct 30 '14 at 17:01
  • @a-herrmann: See Apostroph#Auslassungszeichen for proper orthography. – Gerold Broser Oct 30 '14 at 17:06
  • What are you implying? According to duden.de/sprachwissen/rechtschreibregeln/apostroph Regel 13 Punkt 2 it's perfectly fine to leave out the apostrophe, but you are allowed to put one. – Raketenolli Jul 15 '16 at 9:04

The "was" is colloquial (umgangssprachlich) for "etwas".

So the sentence is, in full, "Ich habe etwas für dich.", which means "I have something for you", as @5pike stated in their reply.

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