What do you say if we go to the movies?


1) What do you say if we go to the movies?


2) What do you say we go to the movies?


I think that both are okay to use and the meanings are the same. And can we say that the if functions the same as the if in adverbial clauses, for example, "I will go if you allow."? What do you think? Thank you so much as usual and have a good and safe day.


(Edited for a double we)

edited Jan 19 '13 at 03:53 Hans Contributor

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You've got a double "we" in your #2 sentence. It should be "What do you say we go to the movies?". Both expressions are extremely informal ways of making a suggestion in spoken English. I hear #2 far more often than #1. The "if" functions as it does in a second conditional question; the grammatically-correct second conditional version would be "What would you say if I suggested (that) we go to the movies?". I'm NOT suggesting that this second conditional version should be used in casual contexts; it would sound overly formal. But it is also true that your two expressions would be considered ungrammatical by some. Alternate suggestion expressions would be "How about going to the movies?", "Why don't we go to the movies?" or "Let's go to the movies", all of which are probably more acceptable in less-casual English.

link answered Jan 19 '13 at 02:43 Shawn Mooney Expert

Thank you both and do you say the intended meanings are the same and they are interchangeable by some native English speakers? Thank you so much again.

HansJan 19 '13 at 03:56

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I read the first one and my instinct would be to answer, "that depends on what move we go see, I might say any number of things."


I read the second one and I understand you are proposing that you and I go see a movie and really has nothing to do with what I might say.

link edited Jan 19 '13 at 03:02 Tony Proano Expert

I can't understand the distinction in meaning Tony is suggesting between the two expressions, and I don't think there is any difference in meaning between them. Anybody else have any thoughts?

Shawn MooneyJan 19 '13 at 06:20

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All I can add is that #1 does not sound natural (to this California English ear) and I never hear that version. I've always heard (and said) #2 -- not often, but often enough.

link comment answered Jan 19 '13 at 16:50 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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