#EngTrivia: “How about…?” vs. “What about…?”

Hiyya, fellas!

I’m so happy right now. My day was absolutely splendid. How about yours? Or should I ask “What about yours?”

Have you ever been confused when and whether to ask: “How about…?” or “What about…?” Let’s talk about it here.

“How about…?” and “What about…?” are often used interchangeably to ask for an opinion.
E.g:
A: How are you doing?
B: Great. How about you? (or: What about you?)
*can be used interchangeably*

Despite the similarity, there is a slight difference on how to use the two. Have a look at the following points.

“How about…?” is often used to suggest an idea or an alternative.
E.g.:
A: I could really use a vacation.
B: How about going to Bali for the weekend? *giving a suggestion*
“How about…?” suggests more possibilities, rather than restricts your options.

“What about…?” can be used to express an objection or point out a potential obstacle.
“What about…?” can also be used to remind someone of something, it can mean: let’s not forget.
E.g.:
A: Let’s go to Bali this weekend!
B: What about the concert?
*We probably can’t go to Bali since there’s a concert this weekend*

There you go, fellas! I hope the #EngTrivia managed to clear some of your confusion. 

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on April 24, 2014

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