In English when we make a suggestion, we mention a possible action or share an idea we have for an activity (with another person or other people.)
Here are some example phrases that we use to make suggestions.
We can use these phrases with a verb in its gerund form, this means the verb + -ing. In the gerund form the verb acts as a noun, it describes an action.
to study (infinitive)
A: My math class is really hard this year.
B: What About asking your sister for help, she’s good at math.
How about starting a study group with your classmates?
We can also use the phrase How about with the simple present tense of a verb.
The kitchen is a mess! How about we order pizza for dinner tonight?
How about I call the new pizza place on South street?
We also use these phrases with a noun, especially when you answer a question.
A: What would like for dinner tonight?
B: How about pizza? What about hamburgers?
(I am suggesting we have pizza or hamburgers for dinner tonight.)
Here are 3 common examples of phrases we use to make suggestions:
- Shall we…
- Why don’t we…
These suggestions use the infinitive form of the verb without to.
*Remember to study is the infinitive.
“Shall we study some natural English conversation today?”(We don’t use to with these phrases.)
Shall we is used to suggest that you and the person or people you are talking with do something together, as a group.
Shall we go to the cafe for some coffee after we’re done shopping?
Shall we eat something while we’re waiting?