Почему нет, а пошли.

What is the point of "a" in that sentence, and in general?

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    A, #4
    – Alexander
    Aug 19, 2021 at 17:53
  • this "a" here is as meant in "but", "no" (see Russian "но" too :>). See the latin prefix "a-" as negation too :> This sentence denies your refusal, and encourages you to go together him. Sep 5, 2021 at 14:20

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"a" is likely used here to emphasize negligent tint of phrase. However, it is not necessary here.


"А" has (too) many different meanings. Here it could be one of:

  1. Conjunction to emphasize fast topic transition.
  2. Interjection to show determination; note that in this case a comma is required: Почему нет? А, пошли.

Also, in live speech the interjection "а" is generally much longer than the conjunction.


Probably so: And why not ? Let's go.

А почему бы и нет ? Пойдем.


As a native speaker I'd personally rather say:

А почему (бы и) нет, пошли!

In your example "а" gives kind of a spontaneous character to the sentence, it's like I was probably unsure about going, and now I've finally decided to go:


А: Посмотри на этих девушек у бара, пойдем познакомимся.

Б: Почему нет, пошли.


А: Посмотри на этих девушек у бара, пойдем познакомимся.

Б: Да они с нами и разговаривать-то не будут.

А: Да ладно тебе, не бойся. Все у нас получится.

Б: Почему нет, а пошли!

Also it could be an answer to a question where "а" is used as "давай":

А не пойти ли нам в кино? (= Давай пойдем в кино)

Почему нет, а пошли.


I believe the punctuation in the given sentence is wrong. It should be

Почему нет? А пошли.

The sentence seems silly to me because it delivers the same message twice. It's like saying of course, for sure, no doubt in a row.

As for the meaning of the conjunction а, I'd say it's safe to translate it as an English word though.

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