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    Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    Let's say, there are five people at my home. What should I say?
    Would you like to have a cup of tea? Or should I say something else like would you all like to have a cup of tea?

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    "Who likes tea/a cup of tea?" or "Who likes a cuppa?" if your friends are British.

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    Let's say, two of them like to have tea and the rest don't.
    Could I say then? What do you like to have? Or what do you three like to have?

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    You could ask "do you want a drink?" or "do you want something else?" You should ask each of the three separately at this point.
    Last edited by andrewg927; 14-Aug-2017 at 18:53.

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    The tea example is a bit unnatural for me since we don't drink that much tea in America and that's not usually the first thing you offer as a drink. A more natural question for me would be "Do you like something to drink?" or "Would you like something to drink?" However, I find "would you like' a bit formal for friends. In regards to "who likes", I might say something like "Hey guys, who likes a piece of cake?" among friends and family.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Aug-2017 at 08:19. Reason: Capitalising where shown.

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    We have certainly found a distinct AmE vs BrE difference here. Starting with "Do you like ..." would introduce only a question about someone's general preferences.

    Would you like [a cup of] tea? (An offer.)
    Do you like tea? (A query about whether they generally like the taste of/drinking tea.)

    Note that "Do you like a cup of tea?" would not be used in BrE at all.

    In addition to Piscean's natural BrE suggestions in post #5, I would add:

    Who wants tea?
    Anyone want tea?
    Tea, anyone?
    Do you want tea?

    (In each case, "a cup of tea" could be used in place of just "tea".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    Anyone for a cup of tea?

    Would you like some hot drink?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Anyone for a cup of tea?

    Would you like some hot drink?
    Your first suggestion is OK in informal English.
    Your second should be either "Would you like a hot drink?" or "Would you like something hot to drink?"
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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    OK, hot drink is countable.

    How about the plural: would you like some hot drinks?
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    Re: Would you like to have a cup of tea?

    That's possible but it would be odd as you would be offering someone multiple (different) hot drinks at the same time. The only context in which it would work would be something like a caterer talking to a customer.

    Caterer: What drinks would you like at your wedding breakfast?
    Bride: Champagne, white wine, red wine and orange juice please.
    Caterer: OK. Would you like some hot drinks?
    Bride: Oh yes, of course. We'll need coffee, tea and herbal tea to go with the cake.
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