★ A: What should we do tonight?
★ B: How about we go to the movies?
★ A: What about your meeting?
◆ HOW ABOUT is used to offer a suggestion and there are three patterns that follow HOW ABOUT:
◇ HOW ABOUT DOING:
★ How about going to the cinema?
★ How about seeing the doctor tomorrow?
★ How about putting the sofa closer to the window?
◇ HOW ABOUT + PRONOUN + INFINITIVE:
★ How about we go to the movies?
★ How about we have that game when we get back?
◇ HOW ABOUT + NOUN/NOUN PHRASE:
★ How about the cinema?
★ How about Tuesday at seven?
★ A: I’ve got the day off from work tomorrow. What should we do?
★ B: How about spending the day in the city?
★ A: Nah. I don’t really feel like traveling.
★ B: How about we clean the house?
★ A: No way. I want to do something fun.
★ B: Ok, how about some shopping and a movie？
★ A: That sounds great.
◆ WHAT ABOUT is used to offer an objection or to talk about a problem with the suggestion:
WHAT ABOUT 用于提出反对意见或谈论某建议可能带来的问题：
★ A: Let’s spend the weekend in the city.
★ B: But what about my guitar lesson on Saturday?
And what about the English test on Monday?
★ A: Let’s have a party tonight?
★ B: What about the neighbors?
★ B: 邻居们怎么办呢？
★ A: Do you fancy going hiking this weekend?
★ B: What about the dogs? We can’t just leave them.
Sometimes, they can be used interchangeable when they are used to make a suggestion or seek an answer from someone else:
★ A: What should we have for dinner tonight?
★ B: How about/What about a takeaway?
★ B: 点个外卖怎么样？
★ How about/ What about going to a movie?
★ How about/ What about going out with me tomorrow?
★ A: What are you up to this evening?
★ B: Nothing much. How about you? / What about you?
★ A: I think I’m going to do some reading.