How to Give Advice in English

How to Give Advice in English

How to Give Advice in English

Asking for Advice and Recommendations

  • What do you think I should do?
  • What should I do?
  • What do you suggest?
  • What do you advise me to do?
  • If you were me what would you do?
  • What ought I to do?
  • Do you think that I should…?

Modal Should

You can use the modal should to give suggestions in English 

For example

  1. I think you should buy a new car.
  2. I am pretty sure that she should move to another country.
  3. It seems to me that you should pay her back as soon as you can

Ought to 

  1. You ought to do more exercise.
  2. You ought not to drink so much beer.

Had Better

This structure is common in spoken English and it is usually used in the contracted form.

  1. You’d better return the answers to the lecturer 
  2. You’d better not tell anyone that you found them 

Questions

You can make questions to make a less direct recommendation

  1. Why don’t you do exercises more often?
  2. How about joining  a gym nearby?
  3. Why don’t you go a jogging?

Conditional 

If I were you … is used when giving ADVICE about what you would do in the same situation as the other person

  • If I were you, I would move to Italy next year
  • If I were you, I would enjoy my vacation
  • If I were you, I would make that hotel reservation right now.

Make Suggestions

A suggestion or recommendation is another good way of giving advice that isn’t to direct

Some Example of suggestions are:

  1. I would suggest playing less video games
  2. I would recommend resting more than 8 hours a day
  3. I suggest taking a holiday

Use Imperative to Give Recommendations

We can use imperative verbs + ‘-ing’ to give advice.

Check these advices given to a person who wants to be fit

  1. Start going to the gym
  2. Read more often to improve spelling
  3. Try running once at week
  4. Consider joining  a running team
How to Give Advice in English

Useful Phrases to Give Advice in English

Elementary

  1. I  think that …
  2. I believe that …
  3. I’m sure that …
  4. My opinion is …

Pre-intermediate

  1. I agree with …
  2. I feel that …
  3. I guess/imagine …
  4. I have no doubt that 
  5. I’m certain that …
  6. I strongly believe that …
  7. I’ve never really thought about this before, but …
  8. My personal opinion is that…
  9. To be honest 
  10. In my honest opinion, …

Intermediate

  1. As far as I know
  2. I agree with the opinion of …
  3. I could be wrong, but …
  4. I’d definitely say that …
  5. I’d guess/imagine that …
  6. I’d say that …
  7. I’m absolutely certain that …
  8. I’m fairly confident that …
  9. I’m no expert (on this), but …
  10. I’m positive that …
  11. I’m pretty sure that …
  12. It seems to me that …
  13. It’s a complicated/difficult issue, but …
  14. Some people may disagree with me, but …
  15. This is just my opinion, but …
  16. Without a doubt, …
  17. You probably won’t agree, but …

Upper-intermediate

  1. After much thought, …
  2. As I see it, …
  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but …
  4. From my point of view, …
  5. I am not very familiar with this topic, but …
  6. I do believe/ feel/think …
  7. I have come to the conclusion that …
  8. I might change my mind later, but …
  9. I suppose …
  10. I tend to think that …
  11. I’m pretty confident that …
  12. I’ve always thought that …
  13. If you ask me, …
  14. I’m convinced that …
  15. In my humble opinion  …
  16. It could be said that …
  17. It seems clear to me that …
  18. It would seem to me that …
  19. My initial reaction is …
  20. Personally speaking / Speaking for myself, …
  21. The way I see it (is) …
  22. To be (perfectly) frank, …
  23. To the best of my knowledge, …
  24. What I think is …
  25. You could say …

Advanced

  1. After giving this matter some thought, …
  2. As far as I’m concerned, …
  3. I am of the opinion that …
  4. I can’t help thinking that …
  5. I tend towards the opinion that …
  6. I think it’s fair/reasonable to say …
  7. I’ll tell you what I think, …
  8. I’ve come the conclusion that …
  9. If you want my opinion, …
  10. In my limited experience, …
  11. Off the top of my head, …
  12. Quite frankly, …
  13. There is a part of me that says …
  14. This may be controversial, but …
  15. To summarise my views on the matter, …
  16. What I always say is …
  17. With some reservations, …

Situations

I   visited   my   Doctor  and   he told  me  that  I   should  lose   weight  so tell  me  what  I can do   since    I   don’t   have  too much time  to  go to the   Gym and  I never like to follow  a  strict diet.

I  am  going to be  hired by an American company  so  I  have  to  move   to   the United States    in   less than a  year   but the toughest part is  that   I  have    to be   proficient  in  English  so  tell  me what  I   should do   in these   few  months  to  improve  it.

I am  just  a  high school  graduate  but  I  don’t  know   what major  to  study  or  path to follow, my friends are  making quick decisions  and some of them  are  attending  law school  and  medicine school  and I  don’t even know  where  to start, tell me  what I should  do   first

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