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    Regading "why don't you ~?"

    what would be the proper answers to " why don't you ~?" ?

    Can I answer "Yes, I do. or No, I don't." ?

    I think that neither of them is proper.

    I appreciate your reply in advance.

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    Re: Regading "why don't you ~?"

    Quote Originally Posted by junifer View Post
    what would be the proper answers to " why don't you ~?" ?

    Can I answer "Yes, I do. or No, I don't." ?

    I think that neither of them is proper.

    I appreciate your reply in advance.
    The correct response to a question "why?" is "because", for example;

    "Why don't you go to the cinema?" "Because I have seen all the films"


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    Re: Regading "why don't you ~?"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The correct response to a question "why?" is "because", for example;

    "Why don't you go to the cinema?" "Because I have seen all the films"
    Thank you for your kind and prompt response.

    Let me make my question clear.

    The question of "Why don't you~?" is not for asking the reason why but
    for making a suggestion.

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    Re: Regading "why don't you ~?"

    There are many things you can say.

    Thanks, I've already tried that, but it didn't work.
    Thanks, good suggestions. I'll give those a shot.
    Oh, that might work.
    No, that would never work.
    Great idea! I'll definitey give it a go.
    And my personal favorites: Why don't you mind your own business and make suggestions when they've been asked for? or If you think it's such a good idea, why don't you do it yourself?


    (I had someone in my life who seemed to enjoy telling me all the things I was doing wrong, so this phrasing always gets my back up. I prefer "Oh, have you thought about..." or "This may be a good idea..." rather than "Why don't you...").

    And, of course, if you did actually ask for help, then starting with "Thanks," is always a good idea.


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    Re: Regading "why don't you ~?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are many things you can say.

    Thanks, I've already tried that, but it didn't work.
    Thanks, good suggestions. I'll give those a shot.
    Oh, that might work.
    No, that would never work.
    Great idea! I'll definitey give it a go.
    And my personal favorites: Why don't you mind your own business and make suggestions when they've been asked for? or If you think it's such a good idea, why don't you do it yourself?


    (I had someone in my life who seemed to enjoy telling me all the things I was doing wrong, so this phrasing always gets my back up. I prefer "Oh, have you thought about..." or "This may be a good idea..." rather than "Why don't you...").

    And, of course, if you did actually ask for help, then starting with "Thanks," is always a good idea.


    Thanks a lot.

    I am not a native of English.

    According to your explanation, it seems to me that it is not a good way - even rude sometimes -to make a suggestion by using "why don't you...?".

    Did I understand right?

    How often and in which case do Americans use this phrasing ?


    One more question.

    Can I use "why don't you...?" ?, even when I want to ask the reason why someone don't do something. I havn't yet seen this usage.

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