How about going / we go on a picnic tomorrow?

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susanna76

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Romanian
Hi,

There's this example in the Cambridge dictionary and everywhere on the web which has me scratching my head: How about going to the cinema tonight?

Does this sound ok in AmE? (I changed cinema to "go on a picnic"). I'm familiar with both but I've mostly heard and read "How about we go on a picnic?"

I am wondering how the version with "going" sounds to speakers of AmE. To me it's possible only if I come first with one proposition and then I offer something like, "Then how about going to a museum?"

Thank you!
 
  • AnythingGoes

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    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    How about going to the cinema tonight?

    Does this sound ok in AmE? (I changed cinema to "go on a picnic"). I'm familiar with both but I've mostly heard and read "How about we go on a picnic?"
    The latter is very casual usage in American English. The former is standard, except we say theater or movies rather than "cinema".
     
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