Suggestions

The chunk "Let's"

To make a suggestion to someone, you can use the chunk "Let's". It's short for "Let us".
When you use the chunk "Let's", you must add a verb that expresses your suggestion. This form of the verb must be the infinitive form, no matter how many people you address:
  • Let's play football!
  • Let's go outside!
  • Let's listen to music!
  • Let's watch a movie!
  • Let's take a walk!
  • Let's get something to drink!
Remember: the verb "like" requires the ing-form (Gerund) of the following verb. But: the chunk "Let's" requires the infinitive form of the following verb, NOT the ing-form!
Read the following statements. Then fill in the gaps with the suggestion. Use the chunk "Let's"! For example: Pedro wants to go to the cinema. He says to Anna: "______________________" You write: Let's go to the cinema.
 
 
  1.  Maria wants to prepare dinner. She says to Andreas: "
     ! "

     
  2.  Maria wants to invite the Smiths. She says to Andreas: "
     ! "

     
  3.  Anna wants to go inside. She says to her brother: "
     ! "

     
  4.  Peter wants to watch a movie. He says to his brother: "
     ! "

     
  5.  Andreas wants to have a party. He says to Maria: "
     ! "

     
  6.  Julia wants to play tennis. She says to her friend: "
     ! "

     
 
 
 

Other chunks

Besides the chunk "Let's", there are other ways to make a suggestion. You can use the following chunks:
  • "Why not"…?
  • "Shall we"…?
These chunks also require the infinitive form of the following verb:
  • Why not talk to Peter about it?
  • Why not go out to a restaurant?
  • Why not have some coke?
  • Shall we eat outside today?
  • Shall we call Mum?
  • Shall we take this class?
There are even more chunks that you can use to make a suggestion:
  • "How about"…?
  • "What about"…?
When you use these two chunks "How about" or "What about", you must be aware of the following rule:
These two chunks require the ing-form of the following verb, NOT the infinitive form!
  • How about taking this class?, but Shall we take this class?
  • What about going out to a restaurant?, but Why not go out to a restaurant?
  • How about watching a movie?, but Let's watch a movie!
  • What about playing football?, but Let's play football!
That was hard, but it's important to learn which chunks require which form of the following verb! Here is a short overview:
  • The chunk "Let's" requires the infinitive form of the following verb.
  • The chunk "Why not" requires the infinitive form of the following verb.
  • The chunk "Shall we" requires the infinitive form of the following verb.
  • The chunk "How about" requires the ing-form of the following verb.
  • The chunk "What about" requires the ing-form of the following verb.
 
Convert the suggestions with "Let's" into suggestions with other chunks. Decide, if you need the ing-form or not.
 
 
  1.  Let's walk the dog! Why not 
     the dog?

     
  2.  Let's watch a movie! How about 
     a movie?

     
  3.  Let's go upstairs! Why not 
     upstairs?

     
  4.  Let's ask Tom to come over! How about 
     Tom to come over?

     
  5.  Let's meet Mum for dinner! Shall we 
     Mum for lunch?

     
  6.  Let's have soup for lunch! What about 
     soup for lunch?

     
 
 
 
 

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