One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used when asking for information or an opinion on something.‘what about the practical angle?’
- ‘I went to take a walk with Katja, what about you?’
- ‘This is meant to be a tourist town, what about them?’
- ‘The water came late last night and disappeared three hours later… what about you?’
- ‘Me and a couple friends went on the anti-war marches… what about you?’
- ‘‘So what about this date tonight ?’’
- ‘Uh… I'm just bored so I'm walking around the woods, what about you?’
- ‘If a hat on the bed is bad luck, what about a black cat wearing a hat, on a bed?’
- ‘Those items are sometimes the work of other journalists, so what about their rights ?’
- ‘So it was a good thing that someone was surprised as she was also, but what about him?’
- ‘‘Never mind her,’ muttered Mel, ‘what about us?’’
2Used to make a suggestion.‘what about a walk?’
- ‘‘Well, sister,’ I said to her, ‘I am very pleased to see that you don't have any problem with walking, but what about my waltz ?’’
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