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Lesson 100: Let's and Shall We with the verb stem + ましょう

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By placing ましょう onto the end of the verb stem, it means Let's + the verb. The verb stem is obtained by removing the -masu ending from the long form. Alternatively, this pattern is also often used as a polite way to suggest doing some activity. It is the equivalent of Shall we + the verb? in English. See the table below for some example sentences using this pattern.

EnglishJapanese
Let's play videogames.テレビゲーム を しましょう。
terebigeemu wo simasyou.
Shall we eat sushi?寿 を べましょう か?
susi wo tabemasyou ka?
Let's drink tea at the restaurant.レストラン で おちゃ を みましょう。
resutoran de otya wo nomimasyou.
Shall we go?きましょう か?
ikimasyou ka?
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