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what about...?

This page is about the conversational phrase what about...?

Meaning

You can say this when you're asking about, or reminding someone about, something or someone that hasn't been mentioned yet.

For example

  • "What about Mark? He'd be good fun at a dinner party."
    "Good idea. I'll invite him too."

  • "What about dessert?"
    "I thought I'd make an apple pie. What do you think?"

Quick Quiz

While planning our trip, Lee said, "What about our pot plants?" She was

a. reminding me to water them

b. wondering who could water them

c. asking what type of plants they were

Contributor: Matt Errey