Japanese Learning

N5 Grammar 11:〜ましょうか

Usage:

Volitional Polite Form + か.
(Volitional Form Example: 会います→会いましょう。Just change す to しょう )

Meaning:
You use 〜ましょうか when you want to invite someone to do something,it means “Let’s…”

Example:

一緒いっしょひるはんべましょう。
Let’s have lunch together.

Voice:

一緒いっしょさんしましょうか。
Let’s take a walk together.

Voice:

Note:

1.You can also use 〜ましょう instead of 〜ましょうか.
The difference is that 〜ましょう is stronger than 〜ましょうか.
2.Difference between 〜ませんか and 〜ましょうか
ませんか is used to invite someone to do something. If the listener doesn’t want to do it, they can politely decline the offer.
Example:
A:コーヒーを飲(の)みませんか。 (Would you like to drink some coffee?)
B:ごめんなさい。今日はちょっと… (I’m sorry. I can’t do it today.)

ましょう is used to invite someone to do something, not giving the listener the right to politely decline. If the listener doesn’t want to do it, they’d have to explain exactly why.
Example:
A: コーヒーを飲(の)みましょう! (Let’s drink coffee!)
B: いいえ、私(わたし)は飲(の)みたくないです。 (No, I don’t want do drink it.)

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