Interested in Language
Am I right that 'What's wrong with...' may have different meanings?
For example, if someone does something stupid that angers me and then I ask him 'What's wrong with you?' the question has a negative connotation. Also, if I say 'What's wrong with the world today?', it sounds somewhat negative.
But if let's say a friend of mine cries and seems to be sad and then I ask him 'What's wrong with you?' it has a more neutral or empathetic connotation, right? Because I just want to know the reason why he is sad without judging him by any means.
And how about 'what's wrong about...?', is that interchangeable with 'what's wrong with...?'?
Last edited by krisfromgermany; 25-Jul-2016 at 00:32.
You're basically right, although tone of voice also plays an important clue to whether you're being making a negative observation or a friendly inquiry.
However, if I were asking somebody why they were upset, I'd leave off the 'with you', because regardless of tone it's still likely going to come off as either gruff, insensitive, or judgemental. If I were genuinely concerned, I'd just ask "What's the matter"?
You could say "What's so wrong about wanting to to meet him" with "What's so wrong with wanting to meet him".
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