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Say if I go to a hotel and want to ask them what they provide for breakfast,
What is the right way to ask the question?

Can I say:

What's for breakfast?

And what is the right way to reply to the to the question?

Is it correct to say:

We offer bread and milk for breakfast?

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    You can always ask if it's possible to look at the breakfast menu! – Ronald Sole Oct 21 at 15:41
  • What's for breakfast? strongly implies that the speaker assumes there's only one type of breakfast available (which arguably invites a lazy cook to only identify the one that's easiest to serve). So I might go for What breakfasts do you have?, to imply that I expect to be offered a choice. – FumbleFingers Oct 21 at 17:08
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Can I say: What's for breakfast?

Sure you can. We always ask our spouse/parents/friends this question. But I think I agree with FumbleFingers that it "strongly implies that the speaker assumes there's only one type of breakfast available" (well, may be not "strongly").

Now this "one" type can include eggs, bread, and a glass of milk. So, if you are in a hotel where they serve only one type of breakfast that varies by days (e.g., eggs and bread on Saturday; pumpkin pie, croissants, and fruits on Sunday; and yogurt, pancakes, and juice on Monday) you can surely ask "What's for breakfast?" - because you don't know what type it will be (even though you know there will be one).

If you are in a hotel that has a wide range of items, you can ask

(a) What breakfasts do you have? (FumbleFingers)
(b) Can I get a breakfast menu, please? (Ronald Sole)

Is it correct to say: We offer bread and milk for breakfast?

Sure, if there is just that or a very few items which the guest can remember. If there are many items, you could say

We actually have a great selection of items. Would you like a menu, [sir/madam]?

or, you can be proactive and say

We actually have a great selection of items. I will bring you a menu, [sir/madam].

For some reason, I don't prefer the use of "offer". There is nothing wrong with it grammatically or idiomatically. I would say "We have coffee" rather than "We offer coffee". Its a personal preference.

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What's for breakfast?

This asks the general question of what is being served.

We offer bread and milk for breakfast.

With a period at the end, you answer the question.

Though, depending on culture, bread by itself could be a bit lacking or non-descriptive for breakfast.

You may say something like:

We offer pastries and milk for breakfast.

or

We offer cereals and milk for breakfast.

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