what kind of a pen do you want

lagoo

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Hi.
  • What kind of pen do you want?
  • What kind of a pen do you want?

The latter could happen when a salesman gets impatient with some customer, while the former one is just a normal question.
Am I right?
 

Charlie Bernstein

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They mean the same thing. Neither is impatient.

In American English, we often express impatience by ending sentences with "or what?":

- Are you going to buy that pen or what?
 
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