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    suit yourself - as you wish

    Are both phrases possible? Is there any difference between "As you wish" and "Suit yourself" at all?
    Shall we go out for dinner tonight? As you wish.
    Shall we go out for dinner tonight? Suit yourself.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    "As you wish" sounds very old-fashioned and it's not really an answer to the question although it would probably be taken to mean "Yes".

    "Suit yourself" is not appropriate here. Not only does it sound rather rude, it definitely doesn't answer the question. If the first person had said "I'm going out for dinner on my own tonight", the other person might say, rather grumpily, "Suit yourself". It basically means "You can do what you want!"

    Some possible natural answers to the question would be:
    - Yes!
    - Great idea!
    - Wonderful. I'll get dressed!
    - No, I don't really fancy it.
    - No, I've already cooked dinner!
    - Maybe. I'll let you know later.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    Well, I think I'm a polite person. Thank you so much for giving me this comprehensive explanation in terms of "Suit yourself."

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    One more question.

    What about the phrase "As you want."?

    Shall we go out for dinner tonight? As you want.

    Would that be appropriate and sounds natural?

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    It's possible, but it still sounds as if the speaker is rather indifferent to the suggestion. It's also a bit stilted or formal.

    A more casual variant is "If you like/want", but again it suggests the speaker isn't very enthusiastic about it, and is probably just agreeing to avoid saying 'no'.
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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    I would say that "As you want" doesn't work at all in BrE.

    I agree about the two casual phrases in Skrej's post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    "As you want." - A brief and at first sight so easy phrase. At least from my German point of view.
    Good to know, that this doesn't work at all! Thank you so much.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    What if I say it this way?
    Q: Shall we go out for dinner tonight or should we stay at home instead? A: Whatever you like.

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    Re: suit yourself - as you wish

    Quote Originally Posted by blizzy View Post
    What if I say it this way?
    Q: Shall we go out for dinner tonight or should we stay at home instead? A: Whatever you like.
    It's still not very polite. If you really don't care and want to leave the decision to the other party, you should ask what they prefer.
    I am not a teacher.

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