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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 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 at 14:20
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"a" is likely used here to emphasize negligent tint of phrase. However, it is not necessary here.

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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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"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.

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