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    What is the weather like vs How's the weather

    Hello,

    I'm a little confused after some answers I've seen on the web. Some native speakers rule out "how's the weather" as being ungrammatical whereas some others find some semantic justification in having two different patterns.

    The explanation provided online are:

    "What is the weather like" refer to the actual "weather" and the expected answer is "windy, sunny, etc." whereas "How's the weather" would rather expect a jugement as an answer, like "dreadful", "wonderful", etc.

    The thing is there's a youtube song for children which goes like "How's the weather" and the answers are "rainy", etc.

    Are those two forms synonymous or is one more accurate or formal than the other?

    Thank you in advance for your help
    Last edited by nescire; 03-Jan-2015 at 20:32.

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

    You might get the same answer to either "How's the weather?" or "What is the weather like?"

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

    Quote Originally Posted by nescire View Post
    Hello,

    I'm a little confused after some answers I've seen on the web. Some native speakers rule out "How's the weather?" as being ungrammatical whereas some others find some semantic justification in having two different patterns.

    The explanations provided online are:

    "What is the weather like?" refers to the actual "weather" and the expected answer is "windy, sunny, etc." whereas "How's the weather?" would rather expect a judgement as an answer, like "Dreadful", "​Wonderful", etc.

    The thing is there's a youtube song for children on YouTube which goes like "How's the weather?" and the answers are "rainy", etc.

    Are those two forms synonymous or is one more accurate or formal than the other?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    "How's the weather?" is more colloquial but I don't agree that it asks for a judgement. My answer to that question would be as likely to be "Wet" or "Rainy" as it would be "Terrible" or "Lovely".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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

    Thank you very very much, for the answer and for having meticulously corrected my mistakes!

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