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who wants...?

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase who wants...?

Meaning

You can say this when offering something to more than one person.

For example

  • I yelled, "Who wants some breakfast?" and kids came running from all directions.

  • "Who wants a lift? There's plenty of room in our car."

Note:

1. Can also be used as a rhetorical question to show you reject or don't want something, as in "Who wants people like that running the country? They're awful!"
2. Also "Who'd like...?" and "Would anyone like...?"

Quick Quiz

I said, "Who wants a cup of coffee?" I was offering coffee to

a. everyone

b. someone

c. no-one

Contributor: Matt Errey