Giving Advice

Giving advice means to tell other people of what you think they should do in a particular situation. There are many expressions we can use to give advice to someone. The most common way to give advice is by using the modal verb “should” and “the second conditional”.

For example:
1. You should see a doctor.
    If I were you, I would see a doctor.


2. You shouldn’t work so hard.
    If I were in your position, I would work less.

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Besides the two formulas, we can also use the following expressions:

1. You ought to stop smoking.
You ought to visit the cathedral.
(Ought to has nearly the same meaning as should. The only difference is that ought to refers to a moral obligation.)

2. I advise you to learn English. You will undoubtedly need it in your                higher studies.
I advise you to improve your pronunciation by watching many                      English movies.

(The word advise in the example is a verb, so its spelling is different from the word advice as a noun. We can use the word explicitly when we give advice to strengthen our intention.)

3.If you take my advice, you’ll go to the dentist.
    If you take my advice, you’ll eat less sugar.
(The expression if you take my advice is also very familiar to be used to give advice. Look the way the word advice in the example is spelled. It functions as a noun, not a verb.
4. You’d better go home earlier.
    You’d better read the test instructions more carefully.
(You’d better is the short form of you had better and these words are always followed by V1.)

5. Why don’t you call your brother to pick you up?
    Why don’t you bring your raincoat? It’s very cloudy and I’m sure it’s     going to rain soon.
(The words why don’t you are also an expression of giving advice that are always followed by V1.)





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