I can't find much about it but I found an example to illustrate it:


Do you want it heated? weblio

I don't understand how the dictionary form can have the meaning 'to want' and what is the difference with てもらいたいですか, てほしいですか, etc.

  • I’ve seen people saying 食べる when “offering food” to a friend, I guess it’s more like “will you eat?”, it should be one of the cases where it’s just a thing from Japanese language where there’s not counterpart in English Dec 25, 2018 at 23:42
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    温めますか just means like "Do I heat it up?", there is nothing special about it and I think it's different from asking someone something like "食べる?" for "will you eat it/do you want to eat it"
    – user32204
    Dec 26, 2018 at 0:34

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Based on what I know,

Instead of saying "want" (ーたい), it's more polite to say "shall I" (ーましょうか).

If you want to ask someone if they want something heated, it would be polite to say this:


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    Apparently 温めますか is often said in the konbini so your answer doesn't seem to work. Dec 26, 2018 at 16:55

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