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As far as I know that we can use "What about ...?" to indicate that we're asking the same question as before.

Example:

Gerry: Do you like bananas?

Kathy: Yes.

Gerry: What about apples?

Kathy: Yes.

Gerry: What about oranges?

Kathy: Yes.

Gerry: What about watermelons?

Kathy: No.

Can we use "How about ...?" to serve the same purposes?

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There is nothing wrong in saying how about instead of what about in this specific context. The two expressions are very close in meaning and many times can be used pretty much interchangeably, but, I guess, there are circumstances when one is more preferable over the other.

Example:

— Hey, do you like apples?
— Yes.
How about pineapples? Do you like them too?

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  • Why is it preferable in this context? In another word, under what circumstances one is preferable over the other? Thanks!
    – dan
    Nov 13 '17 at 10:59
  • I can't think of a good example off the top of my head, but for all practical purposes you can really treat these two expressions the same way. Nov 13 '17 at 17:20

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