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What would you like?

In the sentence above, is there some implication that is not said, which definitely be shared between by the speaker and hearer? That is, when they are in the dining table for having breakfast, it would be one of a couple of options to have--What would you like to have?. When they are in Over the Shoulder Boulder Holders, a bra shop in J. K. Rowling’s novel, it would be ‘What would you like to get?’ In a cafe, the previous bra-shop’s father-in-law’s, it would be ‘What would you like to drink?’ Is it really so? Or do I have to think otherwise?

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    No, it's a sincere, straightforward question. The asker wants to know the askee's preference or desire. However, as in all things language, context and tone count: "Do you want an apple?" / "No, apples make me sick." / "How about a pear?"/ "Nah, had one yesterday." / "Well, would you like a banana?" / "No! Gross! Bananas are so mushy!" / "Well then, what would you like?"
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:51
  • Context almost always matters.
    – user230
    Dec 1, 2014 at 7:55

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Yes and no. The answer to this part is "yes":

That is, when they are in the dining table for having breakfast, it would be one of a couple of options to have--What would you like to have?. When they are in Over the Shoulder Boulder Holders, a bra shop in J. K. Rowling’s novel, it would be ‘What would you like to get?’ In a cafe, the previous bra-shop’s father-in-law’s, it would be ‘What would you like to drink?’

But I think the answer to this part is "no":

In the sentence above, is there some implication that is not said, which definitely be shared between by the speaker and hearer?

The possible options are definitely shaped by the situation, but this isn't really an extra "implication", it's just a background fact. The same thing is true of almost any sentence. If I ask "Where's David?", you need background information to determine who "David" is, and you also need background information to determine acceptable values of "where". (If we're in the U.S., then "He's in England" is a possible answer, but "He's in the U.S." probably isn't — unless David is, say, a fictional character in a TV show, in which case it depends on other background information about him.)

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