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