HyunWook Park
What's the difference between 'What about you?' and 'How about you?' What's the difference between 'What about you?' and 'How about you?' Is there any differences in meaning? Thanks a lot for your help in advance. Have a nice day! Hyunwook
Jul 8, 2015 8:59 AM
Answers · 5
There's no real difference. If any it is only slight. And in spoken English we use both. Sometimes I say what about you and other times how about you. The only time I'd really pick one over the other is something like this: 'How about you?' - if someone asks 'how are you?' Id so fine, how about you? A how question followed by a reply with how. 'What about you?' - someone asks 'what are you up to today?' Me: I'm going to play football. What about you? A what question followed by the what response. But in the end you can still use either. I hope this helps.
July 8, 2015
I can't add anything to Jessica's explanation, but I can't resist adding a cultural note. There's a nice old song entitled "How About You?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgoG5o7Jsk4 I like New York in June, how about you? I like a Gershwin tune, how about you? I love a fireside when a storm is due I like potato chips, moonlight, motor trips, how about you? I'm mad about good books, can't get my fill And James Durantes looks give me a thrill Holding hands in the movie show When all the lights are low may not be new But I like it, how about you?
July 8, 2015
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