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I'd like to know if I can use these three phrases: "and so on", "or something like that" and "or whatever" interchangeably in affirmative sentences.

1) Yesterday I had wine, beer and son on.
2) Yesterday I had wine, beer or something like that.
3) Yesterday I had wine, beer or whatever.

How about in question sentences? Can I use "or something like that" and "or whatever" interchangeably?

1) Would you like tea, coffee or something like that?
2) Would you like tea, coffee or whatever?

If there is a difference in meaning, could you explain that, please?

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1) Yesterday I had wine, beer and so on.

and so on means there are probably other items that could have been listed, but weren't. It is something like "etc."

Yesterday I had wine, beer or something like that.

something like that means similar items. This could be any alcoholic drink, for example.

Yesterday I had wine, beer or whatever.

This is an idiomatic usage of whatever. It implies you don't want to make a decision or choice. another example:

Would you like coffee or tea? Whatever.

whatever meaning anything is fine.

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  • Everything is very clear now. Thank you very much. Oct 26, 2015 at 9:34

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