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    'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Hello,

    This question is about the difference, if any, between 'how's the weather?' and 'what's the weather like?'

    (I have read this thread on these questions )

    In a book that I came across, the question
    'what's the weather like?' is answered with the following:
    It's sunny/hazy/foggy/clear/smoggy/windy/humid/muggy/raining/drizzling/snowing

    and the question
    'how's the weather?' is answered with the following:
    It's warm/cool/cold/freezing

    I want to ask if this is correct. I have seen some discussion on another site where someone tried to distinguish between
    'how's your boss' and 'what's your boss like', but that does not seem to apply in case of weather.

    Actually, both the questions ('how's the weather' and 'what's the weather like') mean the same to me, and I answer 'it's hot/warm' or 'it's raining' depending upon how it is here. Is this wrong?

    Thank you

    Last edited by Olympian; 28-Jan-2012 at 12:19. Reason: Corrected - How's the weather like? -> How's the weather?

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    #2

    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    They mean the same thing to me.

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    To me, too.

    Note that 'How's the weather like' is not natural English.

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    @Raymott and @5jj, thank you.

    @5jj, sorry, it is my mistake in copying the question. The question is 'How's the weather'.

    I will edit my original post and make the correction.

    Thank you

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    For me they mean the same. However, 'How's the weather', being syntactically less demanding, sounds to me like the sort of choice a non-native speaker might make. (Note, it sounds fine: when I hear 'How's the weather?' I don't think 'Uh-oh, we've got a foreigner here' () But if someone says 'Excuse sir, can you tell me some informations' I might expect to hear something like 'How's the weather?')

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    For me they mean the same. However, 'How's the weather', being syntactically less demanding, sounds to me like the sort of choice a non-native speaker might make. (Note, it sounds fine: when I hear 'How's the weather?' I don't think 'Uh-oh, we've got a foreigner here' () But if someone says 'Excuse sir, can you tell me some informations' I might expect to hear something like 'How's the weather?')

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    @BobK, thank you. I don't say that, but my accent gives me away as a foreigner.

    So, would a native English speaker say 'What's the weather like?'
    Sorry, still a bit confused. Or, does it sound more natural with 'How's the weather there?'

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    The weather is here.
    I wish you were beautiful.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wish you were beautiful.
    You lost me there.

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    For me, they're both fine. The only difference I might consider is that my reply to "How's the weather?" would probably be shorter.

    How's the weather?
    It's good.

    What's the weather like?
    It's good. It's really sunny and hot but nice and cool at night.

    How's the weather?
    It's terrible.

    What's the weather like?
    Awful. It's been raining all day and they're talking about snow tomorrow.

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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    I don't understand Barb_D reply in this context.

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