Three words in English that Russian speakers constantly confuse
You have been offered a new job. Your friend suggested going to the movies. The bartender offered me a drink. He offered her his hand and heart. You can go on indefinitely - in all these cases we use the word “offer”. However, in English there are 3 different words for “offer”: Offer, Suggest and Propose. What is their difference, says the author of the channel "Dumped to America" on "Yandex.Zen".
Let's go in order. Most likely, the word Offer will be the most used of them. Let's start with it.
We use Offer when we offer something specific:
- some thing
He offered me a drink. He offered me a drink.
Lisa offered her car. Lisa offered her car (while mine is under repair).
- some service, help
Microsoft offered me a job. Microsoft offered me a job.
She offered to cook a dinner. She offered to cook dinner (She will cook it - a service).
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We use suggest when we just put forward an idea, suggest or advise someone else to do something, suggest to do something together.
- we put forward some idea:
He suggests a party on Friday night. He's proposing a Friday night party.
Nothing specific, just put forward the idea of a get-together.
- suggest or advise another to do something
I suggest you to see the doctor. I suggest you see a doctor.
I advise my friend something. Offer is not suitable, because I am not involved in this in any way, and I am not offering anything concrete.
If I said - I can offer you to visit my doctor - This I already offer a service (help), I will send you to my doctor. Then it would be correct to use the word Offer.
- we propose to do something together.
Nick suggested going to the cinema. Nick offered to go to the movies.
Nick put forward an idea, and he will also go to the movies. No specifics, service, or help.
She suggested to cook a dinner. She offered to cook dinner.
She put forward an idea, no service is involved. They will cook dinner together in the evening.
The rarest word of the three. It is used when we are talking about something official: a meeting, a business meeting, a marriage proposal, etc.
CEO proposed a new strategy for the next 2 months. The director proposed a new strategy for the next 2 months.
He proposed to her. He offered her his hand and heart.
Original column published on the blog. "Dumped to America" on "Yandex.Zen"
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