Ways of asking questions and making requests - synonyms or related words
spoken used for asking about the real reason for something
what has/will become of
used for asking what has happened to someone or something, because you have not seen them for a long time, or what will happen to them, because you are worried about them
used for asking or talking about the method of doing something
used for asking or talking about the way that someone behaves or the way that something happens
used for asking or talking about the way in which one thing is different from or similar to another
used for asking or talking about the way that someone or something looks or sounds
used for asking or saying what quantity, distance, age etc something is, or to what degree something is true
used for asking what someone thinks about an experience
Britishvery informal a way of saying ‘isn’t it?’
spoken used for making a request more polite
Britishspoken used for asking if someone is well
formal used for asking someone to do something, especially when you are trying to hide the fact that you are annoyed
may modal verb
spoken used when making a polite request or offer
spoken used for asking someone to do something, without saying directly that you want them to do it
might modal verb
spoken used for very politely asking permission to do something
used for forming a question when you expect the answer to be ‘yes’
used for forming questions that show you think someone should have done something
an old word meaning ‘perhaps’ or ‘by any chance’
used as a polite way of asking for something or of asking someone to do something
used for asking someone to stop doing something annoying
spoken used for asking someone to do something that you think might not be convenient for them
old-fashioned used for asking a question or for telling someone to do something
an old word meaning ‘please’
used for asking which thing, action, or idea something is, or which type of thing, action, or idea something is
used for asking at what time something happens
used for asking in what kind of situation something happens
an old or literary word meaning ‘from where’
used for asking what place someone or something is in, or what place they go to
used for asking or saying what the origin of something is
used for asking where someone or something is, especially when you are not expecting a very exact answer
very formal a word used for asking what will happen to something in the future
used for asking the reason for something
used for asking someone what they want, for example in a shop. ‘Yes’ can sound impolite if it is expressed as a question
British used for asking someone if you can use or have something when they have finished with it
any chance of...?
used for asking someone to give you something or do something for you
used for asking someone if they were able to get or do something
used for asking someone if they want anything
by any chance
used when you are asking questions to find out whether something is true
used for politely asking someone to move so that you can get past them
used for asking people to tell you if they want something
used when you meet someone to ask how they are
used for asking about another person or thing, in addition to the ones that have already been mentioned
how are you placed for something?
used for asking whether someone has enough of something
how do you like...?
used for asking someone for their opinion or their reaction to something
used for asking or talking about the number of people, things etc that there are
used for asking or saying what the amount of something is
in aid of
spoken used for asking what something is for or why something is happening
used as a direct and rather rude way of asking for something. The polite phrase is ‘I would like’...
I wonder if/whether
a polite way of asking someone for something such as information or their opinion, or asking them to do something
used for asking someone to show you something
lost your tongue?
used for asking someone why they are not saying anything, especially when they usually say what they think
used at the end of a question when you are impatient to find out what is really happening
see your way (clear) to do something
used when you are asking someone if they would be willing to do something
is it/would it be possible?
used for asking politely if you can do something or have something
what now?/now what?
used for asking what should be done next
what/who/where etc might...?
used for asking someone to tell you something, especially when you think they do not want to tell you
sorry to bother you
used for politely asking someone to do something for you, especially someone you do not know
what’s it worth (to you)?
used for asking someone what reward they will give you if you do what they want
what’s your/his/her game?
used for asking someone what their true intentions are when you think they are not being honest
what’s the damage?
used for asking someone how much you have to pay them
what’s the rush?
used for asking someone why they are hurrying to do something, and usually for telling them to slow down
used for asking why something such as a machine is not working
used for asking someone why they do not approve of something you are doing
used for asking someone who looks ill or sad to tell you what problem they have
what do you want?
used for asking someone in a rude way why they need to speak to you or to see you
used for asking the reason for something
what is it now?
used for asking someone what they want after they have already asked you about other things. This expression shows that you are getting annoyed
what is someone/something doing...?
used for asking why someone or something is in a particular place because you think they should not be there
used for asking whether something that someone has achieved was worth all the problems it caused