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    Ordering at a restaurant

    Что вы закажете?

    Can a waiter use this expression (using the perfective) too?

    Or he has to say "Что вы будете заказывать?" ?

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    Что будете заказывать is more common.

    Что вы закажете? - sounds weird if said by a waiter, but it could be asked by a friend as a matter of interest.

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    Yes, due to some reason "Что вы будете заказывать?" in the imperfective form when asked by a waiter is more like an invitation to make an order, rather than a question about some future events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Боб Уайтман View Post
    Yes, due to some reason "Что вы будете заказывать?" in the imperfective form when asked by a waiter is more like an invitation to make an order, rather than a question about some future events.

    For example. customers have been thinking too long and the waiter is irritated.
    In this case, is there a possibility that he says, "Что вы закажете?" ?

    I think that in such a case it is often said "Вы что-нибуть закажете?"

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    Уже закажете что-нибудь? - This is what conveys impatience
    Вы что-нибудь закажете? - Can convey impatience as well but also can be used just to ask if someone's gonna order something
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    Что будете заказывать - What would you like to order? What would you like for .... ?
    Что вы закажете? - What will you order - can be used as a quesion, if the context is fine to use it.

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