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how about + sentence?



ironik
Australia

how about + sentence?
 
Hello everyone, hope you īre having a great day.
My question is this: Can we use a sentence after how about?

Instead of How about going to the library,
Is it possible to say How about we go to the library?

I taught the topic as after How about, we put Ving but one of the students put a sentence. It didn īt sound wrong but I couldn īt find anything on the net. What do you think?

4 May 2012      



elif hoca
Turkey

"how about" This is used to make a suggestion. It is nearly similar to What about question. I know that after prepositions such as in,on,against,about etc we always add -ing to verb to make the verb noun phrase so using subject(doer) in how about questions is not necessary because its daily speech usage you dont need to add we or any subjects I hope it helps 

4 May 2012     



dafodil
Portugal

How about we go to the library, in my opinion, is not correct but you can replace this expression by Shall we go to the library? How about + noun or (ing) form.
For example, How about going to the library?, as you īve just said, or How about us going to the library?  (us going functions as if it were a noun) How about a drink?

4 May 2012     



foose1
United States

We say, "how about the library" in the United States often.  We call it brain storming.  Where do you want to go.   How about shopping.  It doesn īt mean that it is correct but it is something we do often.  Especially in meetings when we are brainstorming.
 
John

4 May 2012     



Tere-arg
Argentina

How about + gerund or noun as elif has said

4 May 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

Your student īs sentence is perfectly acceptible in American English.
Check yourself (scroll down to idioms) 

Sophia

4 May 2012     



ironik
Australia

If it īs acceptable in AmE, we have to accept it I guess, even if it īs not very common. Thank you guys. Smile

4 May 2012     



Tere-arg
Argentina

Well, I guess it all depends on which English you are teaching (Am or Br).
Anyway, even teaching Am E,  I would state it is considered an idiom  in some parts of the USA...or that is what I understand from this:

"(especially North American English) How about we go for a walk?"

4 May 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

I beg to differ, Maria-Teresa.
North American does not mean parts of the USA. It means American + Canadian English, i.e 2 countries which are located on the North American continent.
The word "especially" means you can hear this variant anywhere in the English-speaking world but itīs more common in the the US and Canada.
So, I would tell my student that the variant he mentioned is perfectly acceptable but more common in American English.
Sophia

4 May 2012     



foose1
United States

It is perfectly acceptable.  Otherwise, I and others would have never said it in front of Vice Presidents, Electrical Engineers and or PHD and Doctorate holders who were looking for ideas (brain storm in the Aerospace Industry). 
 
John Foose

4 May 2012     



Tere-arg
Argentina

uslteacher:

Sorry. You are absolutely right. I was not paying enough attention when I read "North American".

But I do not agree on the use of the language. I think we should teach whatīs correct and tell them what people use in the street, too (which, most of the time, is not the correct language).

ANYWAY, you can teach what you want, of course! Smile

5 May 2012     

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