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In "何かしてみましょう。" meaning "Let's try/do something.", what is the literal translation of "してみましょう"? I've got "して" means "doing" and "みましょう" means "let's watch or let's?".

How is "してみましょう" different from using "しましょう"? Would using "してましょう" be grammatically correct and mean the same thing?

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"してましょう ... that can't be correct. Right? –  dotnetN00b Apr 25 '12 at 4:37
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The form 〜てみます(みる) means to do something and see how it turns out, or see how it goes. So 〜てみましょう means "let's do it and see how is goes", whereas 〜ましょう just means "let's do it".

何かしてみましょう → Let's do something and see what happens/how it turns out
何かしましょう → Let's do something

In this case, there's not a huge difference in the meaning (assuming this is said in a familiar context). There's just the nuance of uncertainty of how it will be when using 〜てみましょう.

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