1. What do you study at college?

  2. What are you studying at college?

It seems to me that in 1 it can mean a generic YOU. Hence, 1 can mean "What does one study at college?"

In 2, it is more a specific you. I am asking my interlocutor what they are studying at college.

But on the other hand, they may mean the same with the meaning of the sentence 2.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think. What difference can there be between them.


There is no fundamental difference in meaning between these two phrases.

In both cases, 'you' can refer to EITHER a single individual or to a group.

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