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    #1

    what about

    Can I use what about to ask the opinion of someone about a place?

    For example, B is visiting a country and A wants to know what is going on...

    A: So, what about Australia?
    B: Australia is amazing, it's always sunny, etc, etc...
    A: Oh nice! I see you're having a lot of fun.

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    Re: what about

    Not quite. That isn't the context in which the phrase is used.
    Compare:
    Two people are trying to decide where to go for a holiday, one suggests one country, and the other says, "What about Australia?" - what do you think about going there perhaps/do you fancy that?

    He:" ...and there'll be enough money left over for me to buy a new set of golf clubs."
    She: "And what about me? Maybe I might like something for myself too!"

    In your context, it would be something like, 'So, what do/did you think of Australia?"

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    Re: what about

    Thanks David.

    Is there any other way to ask that?

    What about "What's up (in Australia) so far?" or "How do you like it (Australia) so far?"

    It was supposed to be a simple question but now I'm confused.
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    Re: what about

    What about "What's up (in Australia) so far?" or "How do you like it (Australia) so far?"

    How do you like Australia?

    How do you like Australia so far? (if they have arrived fairly recently)

    What's Australia like?

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    #5

    Re: what about

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Not quite. That isn't the context in which the phrase is used.
    Compare:
    Two people are trying to decide where to go for a holiday, one suggests one country, and the other says, "What about Australia?" - what do you think about going there perhaps/do you fancy that?

    He:" ...and there'll be enough money left over for me to buy a new set of golf clubs."
    She: "And what about me? Maybe I might like something for myself too!"

    In your context, it would be something like, 'So, what do/did you think of Australia?"
    David, I am sure your explanation is right, but it does not match with a simple translation into another language (like Portuguese). For example:

    A: I really would like to know a country in Europe!
    B: What about England?
    but...
    B: What do you think of England?

    I still can't understand why that sentence should not be used in this context, could you please give more examples? What'd be a proper answer for "what about England" ??

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    Re: what about

    A: I really would like to know a country in Europe!
    B: What about England?
    but...
    B: What do you think of England?

    This relates to my original post:
    Compare:
    Two people are trying to decide where to go for a holiday, one suggests one country, and the other says, "What about Australia?" - what do you think about going there perhaps/do you fancy that?


    A: I really would like to know a country in Europe!
    Do you mean it's culture, people etc? Then:
    (A: I really would like to know more about some country in Europe.


    B: What do you think of England?
    This question is asking for information along the lines of, is it a good place for a holiday, is it a good place to live if I move there; or if you live there, how do you like living here.
    If you had been discussing Germany's chances in the World Cup, someone might ask, What do you think of England? (meaning, what do you think of their team, their chances of winning.)

    You're going to have to help me here, because I'm not sure what it is you're struggling with. Try giving more sentences that you think are correct for 'what about' and "what do you think of".

    (You might then post, "Alright, what about this sentence? Is it correct to use it in this context? - "What about going to the pictures this afternoon? There's a good movie on."

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    #7

    Re: what about

    Are there sentences fine according to your explanation?

    A: I'd like to go to an European country!
    B: What do you think of England?
    A: England's great, let's go.

    A: Hey, I am bored, do you have anything in mind for this afternoon?
    B: How about going to the movies?
    C: What movies are on?

    A: I am starving!
    B: What about a pizza?


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    Re: what about

    The other two are correct.

    A: I'd like to go to an European country!
    B: What do you think of England?
    A: England's great, let's go.


    Here, you are still asking, what is your opinion of England as a nation
    Look at these:
    A: "Sue - what do you think of John? "
    - this is asking Sue for her opinion of John as a person, his character, whether he is honest, can be trusted, is a nice person when you really get to know him.
    compare:
    A: I broke off with Paul
    B: It can be hard when you break up with somebody.
    A: Don't I know. I still think about him all the time.
    - she is remembering him and the good times they had together, and her feelings for him.

    In your example above, you could change it to:
    ]A: I'd like to go to a European country!
    B: What would you think of going to England then?
    A: England's great, let's go.


    - that is, what would be your reaction if I suggested going to England?........but I think that's getting too involved in shades of meaning.
    Last edited by David L.; 29-Apr-2008 at 05:41.

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