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“How about” vs “What about” March 25, 2008

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What is the difference between the expressions “how about? ” and “what about? “.

According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary, there is no difference between these two expressions, both of which are used to make suggestions.

How/What about (=I suggest) a trip to the zoo/going to the zoo?
In both cases we are asking “What do you say to my suggestion?” or “What do you think of my suggestion?”

Both expressions can also be used to ask for information or news about people and things:
How/What about Jane? (What is the news concerning Jane?)

source : http://www.pantip.com/cafe/library/
Thanks K.Senior

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