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.
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.