Is it correct to say "Voudrez-vous une tasse de thé?"

RebekahA1Kwiziq community member

Is it correct to say "Voudrez-vous une tasse de thé?"

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Although grammatically correct, Vous voudrez une tasse de thé ? will relate to an event in the future, meaning something like, Will you be wanting a cup a tea?

For, Do you want a cup of tea? you will say, Vous voulez une tasse de thé ? (or voulez-vous une...) more than the polite form Voudriez-vous une tasse de thé ? which sounds stilted. But in shops or in the case of any dealings with strangers you will use "je voudrais", not "je veux" which sounds rude in French!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Yes, it is. Although more polite is "voudriez-vous une tasse de thé. " -- Chris (not a native speaker)
RebekahA1Kwiziq community member
Thank you!!
JoanA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Hi Cécile,

Does it means that the verb 'vouloir' in Le Conditionnel tense, only (je) voudrais means 'would like', the rest (such as voudriez, voudions) means 'will be wanting'?

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Joan, 

It is the difference between, 

'Do you want a cup of tea? ' and 'Would you like a cup of tea ? '.

The British (being more polite) would always use 'would' but,  'voulez-vous' is acceptable in French to ask if someone wants a drink....

Is it correct to say "Voudrez-vous une tasse de thé?"

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