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I am learning English. Once a friend is speaking her travel experience in a foreign country and I wanted to ask her how the experience is, did she enjoy it. So in this case, are these two sentences valid?

Was it fun there?
How did you like there?
How did you like X country?

Also, conversely, if my friend is travelling in my country and I'm local, I want to know if she likes my country. What should I ask? Is this sentence good?

Is it fun here?
Do you like it here?

  • If you are learning English, you should really use our English Language Learners site. – marcellothearcane Oct 27 '19 at 15:01
  • Yes, those sentences are fine by the way. – marcellothearcane Oct 27 '19 at 15:03
  • "How did you like [X country]?" "Did you enjoy your trip?" "Did you have a good time?" are better than "Was it fun?" The traveller may well have had some fun (amusing and entertaining times) there, but presumably you are asking about her experiences in general. – Kate Bunting Oct 27 '19 at 15:36
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    @ – marcellothearcane - "How did you like there?' is not fine. – Michael Harvey Oct 27 '19 at 16:11
  • That's right. Like requires a direct object, so you have to say like it here instead of just like here. – John Lawler Oct 27 '19 at 18:22
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If your friend visited a foreign country, you could say any of the following.

A. "Was it fun there?" or even better "Did you have fun there?"

B. "How did you like it there?"

Note that it is possible for a person to have fun in a foreign country and not like the country at the same time. They might have had fun meeting their relatives and friends, doing certain activities, or going to some specific places. But they might not have liked the polluted environment, the road congestion, and the high price level.

Hence, if someone says they did not like "Country X", it does not necessarily mean they did not have fun there.

C. "How did you like "Country X"?"

If someone asked me that question, I would most likely start talking about the beauty of the country and the great things about the country. If you want to ask your friend about their daily debauchery, then "Did you have fun?" would be a better choice.

If your foreign friend is visiting your country, you could ask

D. "Do you like it here?" or "How are you liking it here so far?" or "How are you liking Country X so far?" or "What do you think of my country?"

But this to me is very awkward

E. "Is it fun here?"

Instead, you could ask

F. "So, are you having fun yet?"

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  • Thank you for writing such a thorough answer. One small question, is it ok to say "how are u finding x country"? is it same as "How are you liking Country X so far?"? – Joji Oct 29 '19 at 21:56
  • @Joji Yes you can say that. Look at the meaning of find in Cambridge that means "experience a feeling". – AIQ Oct 29 '19 at 23:57
  • Hi @AIQ. Thanks for reply. One last question, for this sentence what do you think of my country, can I ask what do you think of it here instead? or just what do you think of here? – Joji Oct 30 '19 at 16:56
  • @Joji "What do you think of here?" is not grammatical. "What do you think of it here?" is a bit strange to me but you can use it if you want to. – AIQ Oct 30 '19 at 17:38

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