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Pre-ます Form VERB + ませんか as “(Won’t you/Would you like to) VERB?”

Pre-ます Form VERB + ませんか as “(Won’t you/Would you like to) VERB?”

This construct is predominantly used to make a suggestion towards some activity or to invite someone to engage in some activity, however in some cases it can be quite literally interpreted as a genuine negative-form question, such as:

ワシントン-先生はいらっしゃいませんか
Washington-sensei wa irasshaimasenka?
(Is Washington-sensei not here?)

This form is very similar to the ましょう-Form because both make efforts towards insisting upon a certain action, but this form can be interpreted as less assertive.

Example(s):

クラスの後でクレープを食べにショッピングセンターに行きませんか
Kurasu no ato de crepes wo tabe ni shopping center ni ikimasenka?
(Would you like to go to the shopping center after school to eat crepes?)