Making suggestions with “would you like to..?” and “do you want to..?”

Let’s learn how to make suggestions correctly, shall we? In unit 43 we learnt how to use “do you want?” and “would you like?” to make offers. In today’s post we are going to look at how to use them in a different way.

We can also use those two expressions with a verb in order to make a suggestion.

Would you like to go to the cinema?

Do you want me to help you?

Notice that the verb used is always in the infinitive form, and the preposition “to” always    precedes the verb.

Do you want to paint a picture?

Would you like to come with me to the party?

Now, let’s check out some possible answers to the expression “do you want to..?” and “would you like to..?”

Would you like to go to Thailand with me?

I’d love to!

Do you want to stay here and study?

Yes, please.

Would you like to play football this afternoon?

Why not?

Do you want to leave now so we arrive there on time?

Good idea!

Would you like to stay at the party a little longer?

I’m not sure.

Do you want to watch a film this evening?

No, thanks.

Would you like to sleep over tonight?

I’d rather not.

If you’d like to learn more about how to make suggestions, please check out the ABA English course.

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