Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: how about +verb

  1. #1
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,344
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default how about +verb

    "How about we go skiing?" Can "How about" be proceeded with a verb ?
    Last edited by ostap77; 03-Mar-2011 at 08:31.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    21,703
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "How about we go skiing?" Can I proceed "How about" with a verb ?
    What do you mean by "proceed"?

  3. #3
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,344
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you mean by "proceed"?
    Follow up with a verb? To proceed with a verb?

  4. #4
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,344
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Follow up with a verb? To proceed with a verb?
    Here's what heard on "Hawaii Five-0"

    "How about you open it or I'll come over and break your face." Is it grammatically correct?
    Last edited by ostap77; 03-Mar-2011 at 09:44.

  5. #5
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,169
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "How about you open it or I'll come over and brake break your face." Is it grammatically correct?
    It's very informal.

  6. #6
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,344
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's very informal.

    It's like I can use it in conversation but wouldn't want to write on the test, I mean "How about we/I......"? Grammatically it takes the gerund?

  7. #7
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,169
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    It's like I can use it in conversation but wouldn't want to write on the test, I mean "How about we/I......"? Grammatically it takes the gerund?
    Not usually.

    How about going to the theatre? = I suggest that you (or we - context will make this clear) go to the theatre.
    How about you/us going to the theatre.
    This is possible.
    How about you shut up? I suggest (fairly forcefully) that you shut up.

  8. #8
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    21,703
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Follow up with a verb? To proceed with a verb?
    Don't use "proceed", use "follow".

  9. #9
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,344
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Not usually.

    How about going to the theatre? = I suggest that you (or we - context will make this clear) go to the theatre.
    How about you/us going to the theatre.
    This is possible.
    How about you shut up? I suggest (fairly forcefully) that you shut up.
    Which of these "howabouts" is less formal?

  10. #10
    Khosro's Avatar
    Khosro is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    530
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: how about +verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Which of these "howabouts" is less formal?
    It is not just about being formal or informal. The third sentence has a different meaning. I don't consider it a suggestion, but a threat.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] main verb? auxiliary verb? adverb?
    By donaldo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2009, 05:27
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2009, 15:38
  3. Enjoy? stative verb? or other verb?
    By dewfull in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2008, 16:21
  4. To be + verb+ing/verb3 or Being + past form of the verb
    By Volcano1985 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2008, 19:09
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 31-Mar-2006, 05:38

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk