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As part of a header on a website, I'd like to say "Have we whet your appetite yet? " or something of similar meaning. Not being a native English speaker, I'm looking for a short/condensed way of saying the above.

I'm thinking of "Whet your appetite?", but I'm not sure this conveys correctly what I'm saying. "Ready for more?" could perhaps be a good alternative.

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"Have we whetted your appetite yet?" is certainly an informal way of saying "Do you like that? Do you want more?" (note the past participle whetted). But this type of question falls foul of the FAQ. –  Andrew Leach Jul 31 '12 at 12:41
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@Andrew Leach: It's not a particularly common word to use in the past tense anyway, but I personally have no problem with using whet as a past participle. Google Books has 11 have I whet, against 47 have I whetted, so I might be in the minority, but I'm not alone there. –  FumbleFingers Jul 31 '12 at 13:06
    
@FumbleFingers The OED says that whet as a pa. or pa. p. went out of date several centuries ago. The reason you find people using have whet today is that they conflate it with to wet. The which–witch merger hasn’t helped. –  tchrist Jul 31 '12 at 13:39
    
yup, no problem closing it. I wasn't entirely sure this was the appropriate place to ask. Thanks for the comments –  Geert-Jan Jul 31 '12 at 14:10
    
@tchrist: OED can say what they like - undeniably some people use whet as a past participle. You might not consider this as "authoritative" as OED, but are we talking descriptive or prescriptive here? –  FumbleFingers Jul 31 '12 at 14:25
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IMO, you can get away with simply saying, "whet your appetite?", if you employ an ellipsis at the beginning like so:

... whet your appetite?

Without it, the question sounds odd to me. But it all depends on context. Besides your own alternative, you could also try something like "Hungry for more?".

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Thanks for the suggestion. –  Geert-Jan Jul 31 '12 at 14:09
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