Reply to "take a walk"

kuen posted:
David, Moderator posted:
 

Hi, Kuen: Have these people sitting on the sand come to the beach with the intention of surfing, or does the speaker mean to suggest something that they hadn't thought of doing already? When you can answer that question, tell me what you think the answer to your question is.

P.S. In English, sentences end with a period. They never end with "or."

Hi David,

I am very sorry that my question confused you. I meant that these people sitting on the sand have come to the beach with the intention of surfing. I think all the options from #1 to #5 are possible. Am I right?

Could you please also tell me what the answer would be in the other situation you mentioned in your last post if the speaker mean to suggest something that they hadn't thought of doing already?

Thank you very much for your correction and help.

Hi, Kuen: Your question didn't confuse me. I simply wanted you to think about what you were asking. Since you have said that they have come to the beach with the intention of surfing, it would be very strange for one of them to say, "Let's go surfing" while sitting on the sand. That is because they are already, while sitting on the sand, in the act of going surfing. The other options are less unnatural. If you would like to say something natural in that context, you could try these:

  • Are you ready to surf?
  • Shall we get in the water?
  • I'm ready to go in. How about you?
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