Making and responding to suggestions

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Suggestions

The following English phrases and expressions are all used to make suggestions and give advice to people.

Making suggestions

  • Let’s revise our lessons.
  • What about going to the cinema tonight?
  • How about playing cards?
  • Why don’t we do our homework?
  • Couldn’t we invite your grandmother to our party?
  • Shall we have a walk along the river?
  • What would you say to a cup of coffee?
  • Don’t you think it is a good idea to watch TV?
  • Does it matter if we use your car?

Accepting suggestions

  • Yes, let’s.
  • Yes, I’d like to.
  • Yes, I’d love to.
  • What a good idea!
  • Why not?
  • Yes, with pleasure.
  • Yes, I feel like taking a walk.
  • That sounds like a good idea.

Refusing suggestions

  • No, let’s not.
  • No, I’d rather not.
  • I don’t feel like it.
  • I dislike going for a walk.
  • What an awful / bad idea!

Things to remember about suggestions

1.The verb “suggest” can be followed by either:

  • should + verb= I suggest (that) we should go to the theater.
  • a verb (in the subjunctive form)= I suggest (that) we goto the movies.

2.”That” is optional:

  • “I suggest thatwe should visit Paris.”
  • “I suggest we should visit Paris.”

Dialogue

Two friends talking about where to go this evening:

Alice: You know Alan, why don’t we go to the cinema to watch Titanic?
Alan: No, let’s not. We’ve seen the film many times before. What about going to the library? We have to finish our school project!
Alice: That sounds like a good idea. But when we finish let’s go to the cafè.
Alan: Yes, I’d love to.