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

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I don't understand Barb_D reply in this context.
    Nor do I and nor did 5jj. Far be it from me to make assumptions, but I think Barb may have meant to post the second sentence on another thread. If not, I'm lost.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Nor do I and nor did 5jj. Far be it from me to make assumptions, but I think Barb may have meant to post the second sentence on another thread. If not, I'm lost.
    I think she meant I wish it(weather) were beautiful.

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

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    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.

    I totally agree.

    How's the weather? seems more related to your opinion of the whether (Great, terrible, awful, fantastic) weather What's the weather like? would be the standard question to ask someone about weather conditions.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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.
    @emsr2d2, thank you. I can easily remember this.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    @emsr2d2, thank you. I can easily remember this.
    That's good to know. Bear in mind, though, that not everyone might feel the same. You may well ask someone "How's the weather?" and get the reply "It's amazing. It's hot and sunny with clear blue skies and I haven't seen a cloud for three weeks!" or ask someone else "What's the weather like?" and just get "It's OK".

    There's not a clear distinction between them, that's just my interpretation.

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

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    The weather is here.
    I wish you were beautiful.
    You lost me there.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I don't understand Barb_D reply in this context.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Nor do I and nor did 5jj. Far be it from me to make assumptions, but I think Barb may have meant to post the second sentence on another thread. If not, I'm lost.

    Y'all might want to check out this song:

    The weather is here I wish you were beautiful

    The weather is here I wish you were beautiful
    My thoughts aren't too clear but don't run away
    My girlfriend's a bore, my job is too dutiful
    Hell nobody's perfect would you like to play?
    I feel together today



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

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    Y'all might want to check out this song:

    The weather is here I wish you were beautiful







    AWESOME! (As you young people say)

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

    Sorry. I would have expected more Jimmy Buffet fans.

    Old postcards from people vacationing in nice places, when you didn't just get on the phone and answer questions about the weather, used to say "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here."

    This song was a play on that.
    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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    Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

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    Sorry. I would have expected more Jimmy Buffet fans.

    Old postcards from people vacationing in nice places, when you didn't just get on the phone and answer questions about the weather, used to say "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here."

    This song was a play on that.
    Never heard of it but your post means I can probably find out something I've always wondered about. Is his surname pronounced like the word for what wind does, or a table full of food (ie the French way)?

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

    Rhymes with "rough it."

    I have a play list called "Happy." There are a few of his songs on that playlist. How can you not love "Cheeseburger in Paradise"?
    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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