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    #1

    useful

    Seemed to me that this word wasn't quite right. I questioned if the drink with aloe vera I wanted to buy was a healthy choice.
    I said:"Is it useful?"
    The sale person looked confused.

    How should I have asked?

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    #2

    Re: useful

    The salesperson was wondering "useful for what?" You'd have to specify what you want the drink to do for that question to make sense. For example, ​Is it useful for gout?
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    #3

    Re: useful

    Yes, that's what I thought.
    How should I have said it then, meaning if it was a healthy choice?

    Is it healthy? No? Just as I said 'a healthy choice'? Nothing shorter than that?

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    #4

    Re: useful

    You could ask Is it healthy? or Is it a good choice? The first has a logical flaw if read literally but is used frequently.
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    #5

    Re: useful

    "Healthful" might be appropriate in this context.

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    #6

    Re: useful

    "Healthful" is rarely used in BrE (in my experience). I work in a health food shop and I am frequently asked "Is this healthy?" My response is usually "It depends on what you consider to be healthy. Are you asking me if it has specific health benefits?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: useful

    Say 'Is aloe vera good for you?'

    'What good does aloe vera do?'

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    #8

    Re: useful

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Seemed to me that this word wasn't quite right. I questioned if the drink with aloe vera I wanted to buy was a healthy choice.
    I said:"Is it useful?"
    The sale person looked confused.

    How should I have asked?

    Many thanks.
    You could have asked, 'Is it efficacious?' but the salesperson might still have looked confused.

    It's a shame that the word is rarely used these days because it expresses exactly what you want to know, that is, whether it works/has the desired effect.
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    #9

    Re: useful

    "Is it good for you?" - will YOU mean ME?

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    #10

    Re: useful

    Yes.

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