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

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


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.


"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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