English Teaching Material: “How about” vs “What about”.
Use “How about?” to give suggestion (Gunakan “how about” untuk menyatakan/ memberikan saran).
“How about?” can be followed by verb-ing or by a pronoun and verb1.
• How about going to the cinema?
• How about we rent a DVD?
A: I’ve got the day off from work tomorrow. What should we do?
B: How about going to the cinema?
A: I don’t really feel like going out.
B: How about we just rent a DVD and watch it at home?
A: That sounds good.
“What about?” is often used when someone is asking for an opinion to a choice (“What about” sering digunakan ketika seseorang meminta pendapat atas suatu pilihan)
• What about the green one? That looks pretty on you.
We can also use “What about?” to mention an objection (Kita juga bisa menggunakan “what about” untuk menyatakan alasan karena merasa keberatan atau tidak setuju)
A: Let’s spend the weekend in the city.
B: But what about my piano lesson on Saturday?
A: That’s no problem, just talk to the teacher and reschedule it.
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