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    #1

    The usage of questions

    Would you please tell me the difference between these questions:
    - Would you like something to eat / drink? (1)
    - Would you like to eat / drink something? (2)

    Are they the same?
    if not, when we ask (1) and when we ask (2)

    Thanks a lot for your help.

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    #2

    Re: The usage of questions

    (1) is asking someone whether the person wants food/drinks.
    (2) is asking someone whether person likes to eat/drink.

    While both mean more or less the same thing, I think a native would more likely ask #1.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: The usage of questions

    Dinhtuong, please note that a better title would have been something to eat/drink.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #4

    Re: The usage of questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    (1) is asking someone whether the person wants food/drinks.
    (2) is asking someone whether person likes to eat/drink.

    While both mean more or less the same thing, I
    I agree that the originals mean more or less the same thing, but the second (like the first), is asking what the person wants / would like, not what they like.

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