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.

Construction

FormulaVerb 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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Beare, Kenneth. "Making Suggestions." ThoughtCo, Jan. 23, 2018, thoughtco.com/how-to-make-a-suggestion-1211130. Beare, Kenneth. (2018, January 23). Making Suggestions. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-a-suggestion-1211130 Beare, Kenneth. "Making Suggestions." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-a-suggestion-1211130 (accessed January 24, 2018).