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Asking for and Giving advice | Spoken English

Expressions



Asking for advice:



· I’ve got a bad toothache. What do you suggest?



· What do you advise me to do?



· What should I do?



· What ought I to do?



· What’s your advice?



· If you were me what would you do?



Giving advice



· If I were you, I would go to the dentist.



· Why don’t you go to the dentist?



· You’d better brush your teeth regularly.



· You ought to/should avoid eating sweets.



· If you take my advice, you’ll go to the dentist.



· It might be a good idea to brush your teeth on a regular basis.



· I advise you to brush your teeth on a regular basis.



· Have you thought about seeing a dentist.



Declining to give advice



· I don’t know what to advise, I’m afraid.



· I wish I could suggest something, but I can’t.



· I wish I could help.



· I’m afraid I can’t really help you.



Things to remember about asking for and giving advice:



1. “Advise” is a verb.

Example:

“I advise you to learn English. You will undoubtedly need it in your higher studies”



2. “Advice” is a noun.

Example:

“My father gave me this piece of advice when I was young: never give up”



3. “Ought to” has nearly the same meaning as “should”. The only difference is that “ought to ” refers to a moral or external obligation but should is more of an advice.

Example:

“You ought to stop smoking.”

“You should stop smoking.”



4. “You’d better” is the short form of “you had better”

Example:

“You’d better see a doctor!” = “You had better see the doctor”



Study the dialogue:



Student:



I’m terrible at English and I think I should do something about it. What do you advise me to do?



Teacher:



I think you should try this website. It’s a fantastic website for beginners.



Student:



I’ve heard about it, but what do you think I should start with?



Teacher:



You’d better start with the lessons.Then, try the exercises.



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