Sasha was at home wondering whether to stay in or go out. His girlfriend looked over to him and suggested that they head out somewhere:
– “Let’s go into town and catch that new film, Insurgent. I’ve been dying to see it! Ohh, Four..”
– “Ok, that sounds like a plan. But I hope it’s not one of those rom-coms, I’ve had enough of those!” He sighed.
The topic of making recommendations and suggestions came up last week in a class when someone suggested going out for lunch:
“My suggestion is to go to a restaurant nearby…”
The thing is, in regular everyday speech, learners of English often sound quite formal compared to ‘native’ speakers of English.
For recommending doing something with a friend or someone who you speak with in a more friendly manner, try using some of these phrases:
Phrases For Recommending
- Let’s go to that new exhibition in town.
- So let’s go for a bite somewhere.
- So you want to grab a coffee down the road?
- Hey maybe we can go clubbing.
- What about/how about catching a film? [+_ing form]
- What about/how about a film tonight? [+ noun]
- We should check out that bar by the river. [we use ‘that’ for when we know what we’re referring to – maybe we talked about ‘that bar’ last week]
- I’d love to see that new film, ‘Great Facebook Selfies’. What do you think/reckon?
- I’m going to the restaurant at the station. Come and join me if you’re free.
- I’ll be at the big match later. You should come too. [You can say this to someone you know well – I personally wouldn’t use this to ask a girl out for the first time, but I know some people who do.]
- Why don’t we check out the new Cat Cafe..?
- Let’s just go somewhere close.. [using ‘just’ sounds like you don’t want a big night, just something cool and relaxed]
Expressing Agreement And Responding
Wonderful | Awesome | Cool
I’m down with that – I’m ok with that, I agree [used more in the USA]
I’m up for that [used more in Australia and Britain]
Yeah, why not.
Verbs Used To Talk About Going Out
Stay in – stay at home
Eat out (at a restaurant)
Head out somewhere – to go somewhere, to another place
Head off – leave: “What time should we head off..?”
Go into town – to go to the centre
Bar-hop – go from bar to bar all evening
Go clubbing – go to a club and dance
Have a quiet drink – go for a drink and a quiet chat
Go for a drink | a bite | a stroll (walk)
Go on a date
Grab a coffee – go for a coffee
Take a photo | selfie – note that this is with ‘take’, not ‘make’
Dress up – dress nicely, not in casual clothes
Queue up/line up outside a club
Pop in – go inside a cafe/bar eg “This looks nice. Let’s pop in.”
Come along – join me/us: eg “Do you want to come along with us?”
Check out – have a look, go inside: eg “That place looks great. Let’s check it out!”
This Bar v. That Bar
If you’d like to suggest a place that you haven’t mentioned before to your friend, and which you don’t think they know about, we often use ‘this’ to refer to it:
I know this great place next to the park. What about going there?
If you both spoke about a place or are some way familiar with it, you can use ‘that’ to refer to it:
I went to that cafe by the river. It’s got the best cake in town!
I’ve been dying to see it = I really want to see it, and have wanted to see it for a while
That sounds like a plan – (fixed phrase to express agreement) that sounds good