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There are a number of ways to make suggestions in English. Let’s have a look at two today.

How about

Use how about with a gerund or a noun.

A gerund is a verb with an « ing » ending, that acts like a noun.

Here are a few more examples:

  • How about some chicken pot pie for dinner tonight?
  • How about going for a bike ride, I’d like to get some exercise.
  • How about a bottle or red wine instead of white?
  • How about cooling down by the pool, it’s so hot today!
  • How about a little bit of TLC (tender loving care)?

Why don’t

This sounds a little like a question, but is, in fact, a suggestion!

Use why don’t with you or we and a verb in the infinitive:

  • Why don’t we have a beer again soon.
  • Why don’t you just call her? It’ll be better than waiting by the phone all day.
  • Why don’t we play cards why we wait.
  • Why don’t you try roller blading if you can’t find an ice rink.
  • Why don’t we try again, I’m sure we’ll get it this time.

So, have you got any questions? Let me know, I’ll be happy to help!

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