Making Suggestions in English – How about…?

“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.

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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.

– Brilliant!

– Count me in too.

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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.

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.

More Information

For more information on English Expressions, English Phrasal Verbs and English Grammar Rules, check out the following links:

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What is the difference between WILL and BE GOING TO? 

Idiomatic Expressions with WAY

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