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    Hi

    Can I use the phrase "What's the matter?" in the same context as "What's going on?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Can I use the phrase "What's the matter?" in the same context as "What's going on?"
    A. Listen, we can't join you for dinner.
    B. a) What's the matter?
    b) What's going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Can I use the phrase "What's the matter?" in the same context as "What's going on?"
    "What's the matter?" = "What's wrong?/What's amiss?"

    "What's going on?" Can be a lighthearted question about what is happening at the moment. Or, said in an exclamatory fashion, (loudly, strongly), indicates that there might be something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "What's the matter?" = "What's wrong?/What's amiss?"

    "What's going on?" Can be a lighthearted question about what is happening at the moment. Or, said in an exclamatory fashion, (loudly, strongly), indicates that there might be something wrong.
    Hi, Bhaishab!
    I agree, asking "What's the matter" always indicates a problem or a reson for the problem.
    "What' s going on=what is happening" may do it too but does not have to.

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