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    how about +verb

    "How about we go skiing?" Can "How about" be proceeded with a verb ?
    Last edited by ostap77; 03-Mar-2011 at 09:31.

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    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"?

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    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?

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    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 10:44.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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".

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    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?

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    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.

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