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Hi this is Ceema, and I am back with a new lesson on How about? VS What about? Well both

these expressions are question words, okay. So remember that you will always use either

of these expressions only when you are asking a question, okay. So remember this comes with

a huge question mark and also remember that how about and what about is always used at

the start of the sentence. It's not gonna be at the middle of a sentence. It's not gonna

be at the end. It's a question word used always at the beginning of the sentence. However

you know while talking to my students and other people in general , I found out that

a lot of people including teachers sometimes make a very common mistake by using both these

expressions interchangeably, I mean they use it as if both these expressions could be used

at the same time in the same way. But that is incorrect English, you cannot use how about

and what about in the same way in the same manner, okay because there is a real difference

between the two and I will tell you what is that difference. When you are using how about

you are going to use it firstly - When you are making a suggestion. So when there are

suggestions involved you will use how about? Suggestion means advice, recommendation or

your opinion, okay. So let's have look at an example, my sentence says - How about a

short vacation to the Hawaii? Is that a suggestion? Is that an advice? or a recommendation? Yes,

It is. So therefore I used how about Now, I cannot say - what about a short vacation

to the Hawaii? that is very very incorrect English, right? So we will always stick to

how about when we are talking about a suggestion. How about a short vacation to the Hawaii.

How about a road trip to the North? Okay, suggestion, advice, opinion, recommendation

always stick with how about,The second way of using , how about is when you are gonna

talk about possibilities, well there are numerous possibilities right? Possibility basically

means something that is bound to happen or something that is very very possible, right?

Or something that has a high chance of occurring, right?. So our sentence says - How about applying

for that job at the bank? So you have a possibility or a chance to apply for that job at the bank,

it could be the job of a human resource manager or clerk or you know any body at the bank

and you think it is possible that you can get the job. You think it is possible that

you can do something and therefore your question always starts with a, how about Or I could

say - How about we go for a movie tomorrow? Is that a possibility? That could also be

a suggestion, right? So therefore you will use, how about? Please remember you can't

use, what about when you are talking about suggestions or possibilities, it's always

gonna be, how about. Now when do you use, What about then, What about is used when you

are talking about a potential problem or an objection, okay now remember what about is

mainly used in response to something that is said, so something could be said to you,

but then you see a potential problem or you want to make an objection, which is why you

use a question starting with what about. So somebody asks you - Can you come out with

me for dinner at 7'O clock in the evening? Yo will say - What about my English class,

that falls on the same time? You see what's happened here, there is a potential problem,

you cannot come at 7'O clock because you have perceived a problem that doesn't allow you

to do that thing at that time. The problem is that, you have an English class at that

same time, so therefore you will say - What about my English class at the same time? How

can I come to dinner at that time? right, that's a potential problem. Also when you

are objecting or you are placing an objection to something that is said to you. So someone

may ask you - Can you come to my house alone? Well you may say - What about your parents?

you know, you were suppose to be at someone's house alone, but what about your parents , won't

they be there at the same time? A potential problem or an Objection, okay. So in these

cases you will never use - How about your parents? or What about your English class

or How about your English class? It's always gonna be what about because you are talking

about a potential problem or an objection, so therefore you will use what about in a

question as a response to something that is said, when you wanna present a potential problem

or an objection in response to what is said. Now there are sometimes when how about and

what about can be used interchangeably, and when is that? This is the golden rule. When

someone or when you are asking some person about what they are doing or feeling, there's

one question that can sum it up, in fact two questions that can sum it up - What about

you? OR How about you? They can be used when you are asking someone about what they are

doing or what they are feeling. So I could say something like - I am having lunch, what

about you? So what am I asking, I am asking that person, what are you doing? What about

you? Um... I am not feeling very well, what about you? that could also apply to, How are

you feeling right now. The same goes for a question like - How about you? I am studying

Math, how about you? Meaning I am asking the person what he or she is doing. Or I could

say - I am feeling very dizzy after going on the ride, okay. I would ask them - How

about you? which means I am asking them, how are they feeling. So as you can see both these

can be used when you are asking someone about how they are feeling or what they are doing.

That's the only rule which applies to both these words used together or interchangeably,

okay. That's it from me on this lesson on How about VS What about? I hope you found

it very interesting and very informative, I will be back with some more lessons, until

then this is me saying Good Bye.

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