[General] Would you like to have a cup of tea?

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

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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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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".)
 

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Anyone for a cup of tea?

Would you like some hot drink?
 

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Anyone for a cup of tea? :tick:

Would you like some hot drink? :cross:

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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OK, hot drink is countable.

How about the plural: would you like some hot drinks?
 

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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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Do you like something to drink is not at all natural in American English. Ask Would you like something to drink?
 

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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.
The same is true for American English. It would be bizarre to ask someone Do you like a cup of tea as a way to make an offer.
Note that "Do you like a cup of tea?" would not be used in BrE at all.
Nor in the American variety.
 

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In this thread, I have found that I could say " do/ would you like to have tea or something" for two, three, four and five people.
Do I understand it correctly?
 

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In this thread, I have found that I could say " [strike]do/[/strike] would you like to have tea or something" for two, three, four and five people.
Do I understand it correctly?
You can never say "Do you like to have tea?"

You can say "Would you like to have tea?" to any number of people. It's the same for one person or for a million people.
 

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I made a mistake earlier (late night, foggy mind:oops:). The question should be "Do you want something to drink?" Of course, starting a question with "would" is very polite and you can't go wrong with being polite.
 
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