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Monkeyaround
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 12:14:22 PM
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I want to say "let's go to buy a ball". Would this be this; on va acheter un ballon?
This sounds more like we are going to buy a ball. How to get the let's go part?

Thank you
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:16:42 PM

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SandraM
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 8:10:42 AM
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Monkeyaround wrote:
I want to say "let's go to buy a ball". Would this be this; on va acheter un ballon?
This sounds more like we are going to buy a ball. How to get the let's go part?

Thank you

You're right, your proposed translation means "shall we buy a ball?".
The let's go part is translated by the imperative, "allons" (allons acheter un ballon).
However, in informal speech as you seem to want to use (you chose the "on" pronoun which is not vulgar at all but informal for "nous" in this context), "on va acheter un ballon ?" is a prompt to buy a ball and therefor roughly equivalent to saying "let's go buy a ball" but a little less imperative.
Monkeyaround
Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2014 5:13:18 PM
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Thank you Sandra and IMcRout.
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