125+ This-or-That Questions to Break the Ice (Plus Fun Variations to Mix It Up)

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Looking for the best this-or-that questions? This-or-that is a fun and easy game you can play with friends, family, colleagues, or pretty much anyone! It makes a great icebreaker, and it can spark conversations, as well as let you learn more about your friends or colleagues.

How does this-or-that work?

To play this-or-that, you simply ask someone to choose which they prefer out of two options. Think “chocolate cake or ice cream,” for instance.

In a group, people usually take it in turns — so the first person asks the second person a question, then the second person answers it and asks the third person a question, and so on.

It’s quite like “Would you rather?” — except this-or-that questions tend to be short and simple and focus on choosing between two items or concepts rather than two scenarios.

Here are some great this-or-that questions to try.

Food and beverages this-or-that questions

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1. Tea or coffee?
2. Iced tea or hot tea?
3. Pancakes or waffles?
4. Salsa or guacamole?
5. Pizza or pasta?
6. Taco Bell or McDonald’s?
7. Soda or water?
8. Frozen yogurt or popsicle?
9. Fruits or veggies?
10. Apples or oranges?
11. Savory or sweet?
12. Cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza?
13. Milkshake or ice cream?
14. Sushi or burger?
15. Red wine or white wine?
16. French fries or onion rings?
17. Salad or sandwich?
18. Mustard or mayo?
19. Cake or muffin?
20. Ranch dressing or ketchup?
21. Smooth peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter?
22. Hershey’s or Cadbury?
23. Cheese or chocolate?
24. Mashed potatoes or baked potatoes?
25. Coke or Pepsi?
26. Pringles or Lay’s?
27. Candy or chips?
28. Smoothie or milkshake?
29. Hot dog or hamburger?
30. Milk chocolate or white chocolate?
31. Marshmallows or graham crackers?
32. Popcorn or pretzels?

Hobbies and fun this-or-that questions

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33. Netflix or Hulu?
34. Attend a party or host a party?
35. Smartphone or tablet?
36. Fiction or nonfiction?
37. Batman or Superman?
38. Pop music or rock music?
39. Comedy or horror?
40. Puzzles or board games?
41. Skiing or snowboarding?
42. Nature walk or gym?
43. Soccer or basketball?
44. Hiking or fishing?
45. Word puzzle or math puzzle?
46. Piano or guitar?
47. Wine or beer?
48. Facebook or Twitter?
49. Marvel or DC?
50. Print book or e-book?
51. Motorcycle or bicycle?
52. Christmas or Easter?
53. Valentine’s Day or Halloween?
54. Camping or glamping?
55. Books or movies?
56. Sony or Nintendo?
57. Pilates or yoga?
58. Knitting or crochet?
59. Calligraphy or painting?
60. Play or musical?

Work-related this-or-that questions

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61. Working as a team or working alone?
62. Phone call or email?
63. Slack or Teams?
64. Standing desk or desk treadmill?
65. Flextime or remote work?
66. Start early or finish late?
67. Apple or Microsoft?
68. Formal or casual?
69. Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos?
70. More money or more time?
71. Terrible boss and great job or great boss and terrible job?
72. Make lunch or get lunch out?
73. Chatty office or quiet office?
74. Angry client or angry coworker?
75. Win the lottery or have your dream job?
76. Video meeting or face-to-face meeting?
77. Free snacks or free lunch?
78. Staples or paperclips?

Kid-friendly this-or-that questions

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79. Zombies or vampires?
80. Robots or dinosaurs?
81. Cats or dogs?
82. Cookies or brownies?
83. Milk or juice?
84. Harry Potter or Percy Jackson?
85. No belly button or four belly buttons?
86. Art class or music class?
87. No spoons or no forks?
88. Breakfast for dinner or dessert for breakfast?
89. Legos or K’Nex?
90. Theme park or water park?
91. Cowboys or aliens?
92. Saturdays or Sundays?
93. Flying car or spaceship?
94. Lions or tigers?
95. Monkeys or elephants?
96. Legoland or Disney World?

Everyday this-or-that questions

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97. Shower or tub?
98. Digital or analog watch?
99. Being too cold or being too warm?
100. Pets or wild animals?
101. Breakfast or dinner?
102. Cleaning or cooking?
103. Cuddling or sleeping?
104. Makeup or no makeup?
105. PayPal or Venmo?
106. Long walk or long drive?
107. Console games or mobile games?
108. Beach or mountains?
109. Math or English?
110. Save or spend?
111. Flying or driving?
112. Work hard or play hard?
113. London or New York?
114. Owe money or owe a favor?
115. Weekends or holidays?
116. Day or night?
117. Driving or walking?
118. Train or bus?
119. Spring or fall?
120. Patterned or plain?
121. Cash or credit?
122. Passenger or driver?
123. Dawn or dusk?
124. Alexa or Siri?
125. Rural or urban?
126. Grow flowers or grow veggies?
127. Dishes or laundry?
128. Wasps or bees?

Variations on this-or-that

If you want to switch things up a bit with your game of this-or-that, you could try:

  • Setting a time limit (e.g., five seconds) on answers — rapid-fire rounds keep the game moving fast!
  • Divide into teams: Each team needs to agree on an answer to the question. This can be a great opportunity to try out your persuasive skills.
  • Guess what the other person or team will choose, perhaps writing down your prediction.

This-or-that is quick to play and makes a great conversation starter. Give it a try during your next work social event or at a family gathering. It could make a great lead-in to a bigger game, too, such as Get to Know Your Team Trivia.