Why is a carrot like a potato?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Egoexpress, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Egoexpress

    Egoexpress Senior Member

    Hungary, Hungarian

    One of my clients asked me to translate a short questionary and one of the sentences reads like this:

    "What is common between carrot and potato?"

    Does the above sentence sound idiomatic or you'd be more inclined to say "Why is a carrot like a potato?"

    Thans very much for your help,

  2. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    I'm afraid your original sentence is not idiomatic, not even in the slightest.

    The usual way of saying it is 'What do... have in common?' or 'What is common with both... and...?'
  3. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    "What do a carrot and a potato have in common?" would be more idiomatic.
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    You could use this question if you are expecting the answer "A, o, and t." :) but I bet that's not what he had in mind.

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