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Do you like apples or oranges? / You like apples or oranges? Dear Gurus, Please help me with the following. Situation A: Say, their is a dish on the table with apples (As) and oranges (Os) on it. And two people are sitting by the table: my friend and me. I have no idea what does my friend like As and Os / just As / just Os / dislike both. May I ask (and he answer) in such a case: Do you like apples or oranges? - I like both. / I like apples but don't like oranges. / I don't like neither apples nor oranges. Situation B: The same table, fruit and people. I do know that me friend does like As or Os (I just forgot - which fruit he likes). May I ask (and he answer) in such a case: 1. What do you like best? Apples or oranges? - I like apples. or 2. You like apples or oranges? - I like apples. Thank you!
Oct 8, 2019 3:57 AM
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Do you like apples or oranges? You can ask this in a few ways. You can say 'or', 'and' or 'and/or'. All are OK. I don't like neither apples nor oranges. <- this is incorrect. It's a double negative. "I don't like apples or oranges." What do you like best? Apples or oranges? - I like apples. <- that's OK, but it's better to ask 'which' if there is a choice. You also don't need "best". Do you like apples or oranges? <- you need a 'Do' in front.
October 8, 2019
Situation A. The question is clear and the first answer is good too. However the second answer involves repetition when u say I like apples but don’t like oranges, I would rather say “ I like apples but not oranges”. The last answer to me sounds like a double negative answer, so I would rather say “I like neither” instead of “I don’t like neither apples or oranges”. Situation B. The last sentence is not a question. It’s just a statement (you like apples or oranges) although I inserted a question mark. Rather, it should be “do you like apples or oranges?”. The best question to ask in both situations would be “Do you like apples or oranges?”
October 8, 2019
I like apples.
October 8, 2019
I like apples.
October 8, 2019
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