We can sometimes use "What
about ..?" and "How
about ..?" to make suggestions to people around. These
structures are commonly used in spoken English.
"What about ..?"
and "How about ..?" have the same meaning.
We can use them with
a gerund (verb + ing)
How to use:
Situation: Your friend says he feels very bored
Your suggestion: How aboutgoing to the
movies tonight? or, What
to the movies tonight? Situation:
You and your wife cannot decide what to do next week.
Your suggestion:What abouthaving a
picnic near a lake next week? or, How abouthaving a
picnic near a lake next week?
the gerund (verb + ing)
is not used.
How about a nice drink?
or, How about having a
What about (drinking) some more coffee?
What about a short walk
around the park?
A: I have a headache.
B: What about
taking an aspirin?
What about calling her? (She has some
problems with her friend)
How about a rest? (She is very tired)
What about going to a dentist? (He has a toothache)