Who wants vs does anybody want

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  • morzh

    There is a difference. It's a bit long to explain.


    A party at my house.
    I have some drinks already fixed or some bottles opened, and I know the people who came will at some point want to have a drink.
    I would then ask:
    - Who wants a drink?

    Now, suppose, I have some assembly that is not a drinking party, but, say, a meeting, an informal one, where it is permissible for a person to sip something while participating. But it is possible people won't ask for it, as it is, after all, not a drinking party, but a working meeting.
    I would ask:
    - Does anybody want a drink?

    Now, during the same meeting, if there is no alcohol permitted, and drinks may be only non-alcoholic ones, like Coke or water, I would ask:
    - Does anyone want something to drink?


    Senior Member
    English - British
    Neither is idiomatic English. Try "Who wants a drink?" or "Does anybody want a drink?" or "Does anybody want something to drink?"

    All of these are normal, and can be used for the offer of either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.


    Senior Member
    I actually agree with the Walrus:
    Who wants a drink? - I know that there are people among you who want a drink. Who are they?
    Does anybody want a drink? - Just shooting in the dark - I do not know if anyone wants a drink, but I hope someone does...
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