“It depends. What are you making?”

English Lesson: It depends. What are you making?

Your mother is going to make breakfast. She asks you if you want some. You want to eat something light. Something like bacon or pancakes would be too heavy. So you ask this to find out what she's going to cook.

It depends. What are you making?

make (food)

You've probably learned to use the word "cook" to describe preparing food. But you can also use "make".

"Make" is a more general term, because "cook" should only be used to describe making food using heat. So you can "cook" pasta or "make" pasta, but it's odd to "cook" something like a sandwich. Instead, say:

I'm making a sandwich. You want one?

You can "make" meals:

Do you want me to make dinner?

Or drinks that require some preparation:

I'll make some tea.

It depends (on something).

When someone asks you a question, and you're not sure of the answer, you can say "It depends." This phrase means that you can't answer until you know more information. In the example above, you can't answer the question, "Do you want some breakfast?" until you know what your mother is cooking.

You tell what information you need to know in order to make the decision using "depends on ___":

It depends on what you're making.

You can also just say "It depends." and then ask a question:

A: Do you want to come?

B: It depends. Who else is going?

What is (someone) (doing)?

You ask "What are you (doing)?" to find out about someone's planned (future) actions. Asking in this way makes it sound like you think the listener already has a specific plan.

For example:

What are you doing tonight?

You can also ask other questions, like "Where are you...?", "How are you...?", "When are you...?", and so on.

A: I'm going out for a little while.
B: Where are you going?

In this example, Person B thinks that Person A already knows where they're going to go so Person B asks "Where are you..."


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