Making Suggestions In English
Here are some common expressions we can use to make suggestions in English.
One way of making suggestions is to use the phrase Why not…?
- ‘Susie is really angry with me.’ ‘Why not send her some flowers?’
- ‘Sally is in the hospital.’ ‘Why not go and see her?’
Why don’t…? can be used in the same way.
- Why don’t you send her some flowers?
- Why don’t we go and see Sally?
Why + verb can be used to suggest that an action is pointless.
- Why ask him? He’s not going to help you.
- Why argue with him? He’s not going to change his mind.
- Why wait for her? She’s not going to come.
Use let’s to make a polite suggestion.
- Let’s buy something to eat.
- Let’s go for a walk.
- Let’s do it later.
- Let’s wait a bit longer.
You can make these suggestions sound more polite by adding the question tag Shall we…?
- Let’s invite Andrew, shall we?
- Let’s take a break, shall we?
Shall we / Shall I…?
Use shall we to see if other people agree with you.
- Shall we go and see Julie?
- Shall I get you something to drink?
- Shall we ask his opinion?