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Asking For and Giving Advice in English

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Here is a giving advice lesson to help students learn how to ask for and give advice on everyday topics.

Asking for Advice

What do you think I should do (about…)?
What should I do (about…)?
What would you do (about…)?
What would you suggest I do / I should do about…?
Can / Could you give me some advice (about…)?



Giving Advice

I think you should…
Why don’t you…?
If I were you, I would…
Maybe you should…
I suggest you…
How about (verb+ing…)?
You might try (verb+ing…)
I would advise you to…
My advice would be to…
It might be a good idea to…

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.



Advise or Advice?

☞ “Advise” is a verb.

Example:
” He advise me to learn English. ”

☞ “Advice” is a noun.

Example:
“My mother gave me this piece of advice when I was a kid: always love yourself”

 

Ought to or Should?

☞”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:
“He ought to stop smoking.”
“He should stop smoking.”

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

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

  Downloadable Teacher’s Notes

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