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A: "Are you sure to continue?"
B: "Are you sure you want to continue?"

Is the first sentence grammatically correct? And what is the difference? Can they be used interchangeably?

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Are you sure to continue?

This is asking if it's a given that you will continue. A possible response is, "Yes, it's certain I will continue (to do this)."

Are you sure you want to continue?

This is asking you it's your desire to continue, regardless of whether you actually will or won't. A possible response is, "Yes, I'm sure I want to."

  • Thanks for the answer. Just to solidify the concept: Suppose there is a disclaimer about age restricted content in a web page. After the disclaimer which one is a more apt question to ask? – ArJ Aug 9 '18 at 11:31
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    @ArJ In your scenario, the second question by far the more likely. – Jason Bassford Aug 9 '18 at 12:56

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