“What shall we do at the weekend?” You would like to suggest a plan but don’t think you have the necessary vocabulary to express yourself? Or perhaps you have to reject someone’s suggestion but don’t know how to do it in a polite way?
Don’t worry, with our common phrases for accepting, rejecting and making suggestions in English you’ll be able to express yourself comfortably.
Phrases for Making Suggestions in English
– Why don’t we …. go to a music festival?
– We could … go to the theatre.
– How about …. going to the cinema?
– Let’s go to … the film theatre and afterwards we can try that new Italian restaurant.
– Let’s call James and ask him what he thinks about it.
– Shall we …. invite Sam to the party?
– Do you fancy …going out tonight? – Would you like to go out tonight?
– What about … going for a walk?
– We might as well … stay at home.
Phrases for Accepting Suggestions in English
– Yes, that sounds like a great idea.
– Yes, that’s not a bad idea.
– Count me in too.
Making and Accepting Suggestions in English - Infographic
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Phrases for Rejecting Suggestions in English
– I am not sure about that, I don’t like Italian food. It’s too fattening. Let’s go to an Indian restaurant instead.
– I’m not keen on that idea, I’d rather buy a takeaway to eat at home.
– No, I don’t think so. Let’s go to the cinema instead of the theatre. It’s not so expensive.
– No, I’d rather not talk about it with others.
– I’m sorry, I really don’t feel like it. I have a cold and would prefer to stay at home.
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Making Suggestions - Dialogue
Now let’s take a look at the two dialogues below. Get a feel how phrases are used, review them and try to practice making suggestions in English.
Louise, Mark and Steve are planning their summer holidays together.
LOUISE: Where shall we go on holiday this summer?
MARK: How about visiting Madrid?
STEVE: No, I am not keen on that idea, it will be too hot in the city in August. I’d rather go to the beach or the countryside.
LOUISE: My cousin owns a house near the beach which he rents out. Let’s go there instead.
MARK: That’s a great idea, Louise.
STEVE: Count me in too. Can I bring my sister Debbie along too?
LOUISE: Yes, there are five bedrooms so there will be plenty of room and we can share costs.
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