I have a Japanese friend whom I chat to from time to time on a software called Line.

Let's say their name is Haruto.

Sometimes I like to start by saying something like ''Haruto san, are you there ?''.

How would you say that in Japanese ?

I found the following phrases online but I have no idea what kind of nuance they carry. I'm just looking for a casual friend-to-friend way of expressing it.

Haruto san, soko ni imasu ka ?

Haruto san, iru ?

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    You answered your question.
    – user4092
    Jul 5, 2020 at 14:55
  • Are both those expression exactly the same in their usage and nuance in this context ?
    – Kantura
    Jul 5, 2020 at 15:11
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    @Kantura "soko ni" won't be needed if you have no intention to contrast to another place, and vice versa. Jul 5, 2020 at 15:15
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    @Kantura If you just want to know if they're at the keyboard. Jul 5, 2020 at 15:32
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    Not everyone is gonna read the comments so maybe you could explicitly post an answer @user4092. Jul 6, 2020 at 13:48

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As answered originally in the comments section of the question:

はるとさん、いますか。 Haruto san, imasu ka ?

はるとさん、いる? Haruto san, iru ?

Are two expressions that can be used. Please see the comments section for the discussion regarding their differences.

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