I had a multiple-choice question which was:

Let's go to the cinema. What films ____ watch?

a) shall we

b) are we

c) are we going to

d) was we

I chose c) are we going to but they took it as wrong? Why?

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    I don't see how a) shall we is wrong. Shall is just an old fashioned way of saying "will" when the subject is either I or we. The only case in which shall is wrong would have been if your teacher/workbook specifically requested you had used a specific tense. – Liron Ilayev Sep 3 '19 at 21:43
  • IMHO, 1)"What films shall we watch". 2) "What films are we watching?" and. 3) "What films are we going to watch" are all OK. However 4) "What films was we watch?" is not correct English. I could be "What films were we watching?" – Peter Jennings Sep 3 '19 at 21:49
  • Pardon sir.I chose are we going to – Ghost Sep 4 '19 at 5:30
  • @Ghost Even after your edit, both a and c are grammatically correct. Again, the only way in which one of those isn't correct is when you are asked to use a specific tense. – Liron Ilayev Sep 4 '19 at 9:02

In b) and d) the grammar is wrong.

In a) and c) the grammar is right.

BUT . . .

Going to the cinema is MY suggestion. So it doesn't make sense for me to ask YOU what we are going to watch! Therefore c) is illogical.

a) might also seem illogical, but shall we sounds as if I'm asking your opinion. It is more reflective than c). It's like I wonder what we should watch or Let's choose.

So a) is best.

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