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Phrases for Making Suggestions

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 20 useful phrases for making suggestions.

1. Why don’t we …?

2. I suppose we could …

3. How about …?

4. I think we should …

5. Could we …

6. This might sound crazy, but …

7. Just thinking aloud for a moment, but 

8. I’ve just had an idea. 

9. It probably wouldn’t work in practice, but …

10. I haven’t thought this through yet, but 

11. You’ve just reminded me of something. 

12. Just to build on that idea, …

13. I wonder if we could combine your idea with something that was said earlier.

14. In an ideal world, …

15. We could always …

16. I don’t suppose we could …

17. Wouldn’t it be nice if we …

18. What if we …?

19. I wonder if it would be possible to …

20. It might be possible to …

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Phrases for making suggestions
Phrases for making suggestions
Let’s look at the phrases for making suggestions in context:

Why don’t we go to see a football game on Saturday?

I suppose we could have lunch together after work.

How about putting the armchair closer to the window?

I think we should have a takeaway lunch. I don’t feel like cooking.

Could we leave money at home and go window shopping?

This might sound crazy but why don’t we go to Madrid for the weekend?

Just thinking aloud for a moment, do you think we could try again using a different method?.

I’ve just had an idea. Let’s drive along the beach.

It probably wouldn’t work in practice but why don’t we let bygones be bygones and forget about the whole thing?

I haven’t thought this through yet but I think I could ask Barbara out.

You’ve just reminded me of something. I think I should call Rob and apologize for not coming to his birthday party.

Just to build on that idea, I suppose we could expand our business to neighbouring countries eventually.

I wonder if we could combine your idea about spending the day in Stratford-upon-Avon with seeing a theatrical play there?

In an ideal world, we could eat ice cream and be healthy. 

We could always ask Mira to babysit for us and go to the cinema.

I don’t suppose we could have a lie-in tomorrow morning. It’s Saturday, isn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go on holiday to Spain?

What if we put our money where our mouth is and support the strikers?

I wonder if it would be possible for Diana to pick us up at the airport?

It might be possible to book the seats for the play.

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Phrases for making suggestions
Phrases for making suggestions

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3 Comments

Shyam Shriram Jane · 10 Apr 2023 at 6:56 am

Well structured

    Darek Bałdys · 10 Apr 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Super 👍

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