How To
 

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- making suggestions

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- making a point

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- disagreeing

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- expressing uncertainty

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- taking offence

Two men talking

Making suggestions

In this programme, we look at language you can use when you want to make a suggestion.

We listen to a discussion in the BBC Learning English offices. A member of the team is leaving to go and work somewhere else and her colleagues are planning a party for her. We look at some of the expressions they use as they come up with ideas about what to do for the party.

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quizzes below!


Language for making suggestions
Question opener + subject + infinitive without 'to'
Why don't I
you
we
they

buy...?

go...?

meet...?

Why doesn't he/she
Shall I
we
 
Question opener + infinitive without 'to'
I, you,
he, she, we
should
could
say...
arrange...
talk...
eat...
get...
Let's
Why not

Note
Perhaps and maybe can both be used before 'could' and 'should' if you want to sound more polite.

Examples:
Perhaps we could phone them.
Maybe we should have a big party.




WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT?

Now it's time for you to have a go at practising the language we've looked at in this programme. Part A is a short listening activity and part B is a multiple choice quiz. Good luck!

A. LISTENING ACTIVITY Listen to the conversation. How many times does someone make a suggestion?



B. READING ACTIVITY
Five multiple-choice questions on making suggestions. How well will you do?



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