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Giving Advice in English

Learning how to give advice is one the functions that every learner need to master as soon as possible. First, giving advice can be used in a variety of situations and with a various people. Second, learning how to advise is one of the functions that are frequently used in English.

In the following, you will be provided with almost all the ways we use to give advice.


Note: advice is a noun / Advise is a verb

Giving advice using the modal verb SHOULD

You should………………..

I think you should…………………..

Examples:

I think you should see a doctor very soon

You should have some rest, because you look so tired.

The difference between should and shouldn’t

Should is basically used to give advice.

Shouldn’t is used to express prohibitions. Prohibition is to tell someone not to do something.

Giving Advice using the verb “TO ADVISE”

I advise you to………….

Examples:

I advise you to exercise if you want to stay fit.

She advised me to read this book.

Note :Advice is never used in the plural; therefore, it’s wrong to say I will give you advices, instead you should say pieces of advice

Advising using the conditional “IF”

If can also be used to give advice; which is considered a more formal way to advise. Here are the structures that are used:

If I were you, I would + VERB

If I were in your place, I would+ VERB

If I were in your shoes, I would+ VERB

Examples:

If I were in your shoes, I would take up a new hobby

If I were in your place, I would read short stories

Giving Advice with a sense of suggestions

We can also suggest some piece of advice using the expression “why don’t you…..”

Examples:

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Why don’t you go to the gym?

Why don’t you stop smoking?

Advising with a sense of warning:

Sometimes, people need to advise others and at the same time warn them of certain consequences. To do so in English, we can use two basic modal verbs, namely: Had better/ ought to

Examples:

You had better take your umbrella, it may rain.

You ought to revise well for the test.

Dialogues about giving advice:

Dialogue 1

-Peter: I have some spots on my face, what should I do?

-Robert: I think you should consult a dermatologist

-Peter: that’s a good idea! Thank you very much.

Dialogue 2

Sam : Hi friends !

Roni : Hi Sam! How are you today ?

Sam : I think I’m not so good.

Laura : What’s the matter ?

Sam : I broke my arm . What should I do guys ?

Roni : If I were you I would read short stories.

Sam : That’s a good idea, but I am not a big fan of short stories. How about you Laura ?

          what do you advise me to do ?

Laura : I advise you to visit a therapist.

Sam : That sounds great, but I don’t have any intention to visit a therapist .

           And you Peter ? What do you think I should do ?

Peter : I think you should visit a therapist as Laura suggested.

Sam : Thank you my friends!  I apperciate it.

A summary of Giving advice and asking for advice

Giving Advice

Exercises about Giving advice:

A : I have a toothache. …………………………………………

B : ……………………………………….. visit a dentist

2. Make dialogues about the following situations:

– ask for advice
– give advice
– respond to advice

  1. You friend feels tired? 

-> ………………………………………………………………

2. Your partner wants to get the best mark in English. What should I do?

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-> ………………………………………………………………

3. Your sister/ brother can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or a laptop?

-> ………………………………………………………………

4. You want to succeed in the baccalaureate exam.

-> ………………………………………………………………

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