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Making Suggestions

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We make suggestions when deciding what to do with our friends, or giving them advice on what they might do in a certain situation. Imagine that you would like to go out for an evening with some friends. Which suggestions would you make?

There are a number of formulas used when making suggestions in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • Why don't you / we go to the movies tonight?
  • You / we could visit New York while you're / we're there.
  • Let's go to the travel agent's this afternoon to book our ticket.
  • What about asking your brother for help?
  • How about going to Hawaii for your vacation?
  • I suggest you / we take all the factors into consideration before we decide.

After you study these constructions, take the making suggestions quiz to check your understanding.

More English Functions

Disagreeing
Contrasting Ideas
Making Complaints
Asking for Information
Giving Advice
Guessing
Being Imprecise or Vague
Saying 'No' Nicely
Showing Preferences
Making Suggestions
Offering Help
Giving Warning
Demanding Explanations

Construction

Formula Verb Form
Why don't you / we go to a movie? Use the base form of the verb in a question
We / You could go to a movie. Use the base form of the verb in a statement
Let's go to a movie. Use the base form of the verb with 'let's'
What about going to a movie? Use the '-ing' form of the verb in a question
How about going to a movie? Use the '-ing' form of the verb in a question
I suggest you / we go to a movie. Use suggest object verb in the base form in a statement.
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