Useful Expressions > Advanced
We often suggest ideas or things to do. Here are some common examples with seeing a film. You can use the structures to talk about other things, of course.
Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
- Why don't we go to the cinema?
- Let's go to the cinema. What do you think?
- How about going to the cinema?
- How do you feel about seeing a film?
- Fancy seeing a film?
- I'd like to see a film. How about you?
- We could always see a film.
- Why not go and see a film?
- Seeing a film's one idea.
- It would be nice to see a film.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English
- 1 and 3 are structures that are frequently taught in coursebooks.
- 2 and 4 are different because you are asking for your friend's opinion, so they are less forceful, especially 4.
- 5 is very common in spoken English but is not often taught in coursebooks. It's short for 'Do you fancy � '
- 6 is also like 2 because you put your own idea first as a preference. You can also say 'What about you?'
- 7 notice the use of 'always' here in a suggestion. It doesn't refer to time or frequency. It means this is a possibility.
- 8 is a version of 1, using a negative question. However, 8 can also be used when making a suggestion for someone else to do something. The speaker may or may not be included.
- We use 'one idea' or 'one possibility' meaning: it's one thing we could do.
- 10 is quite a strong way of politely expressing your own preference, like 6.