10 Simple Ways to Give Advice in English

How to Give Advice in English

These are some common ways to ask for advice and suggestions in English

  • 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…?

10 Ways to Give Advice in English

There are a number of expressions which we can use to give advice and make suggestions in English:

  • Should
  • Ought to
  • Had Better
  • Why not …? and why don’t …?
  • Conditional
  • Would
  • Imperative
  • How about/what about + -ing?
  • Let’s … and let’s not …
  • Could
  • Can’t you …?

#1: 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

#2 Ought to 

You can use Ought to to give advice in English

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

#3 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 

#4 Why Don’t you?

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?

#5 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.

#6 Would

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 would suggest taking a holiday

#7 Use Imperative to Give Advice in English

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

#8 How about/what about + -ing?

These are some examples about how to make suggestions in English with How about?

  • How about opening a new store?
  • How about working overtime?

#9 Let’s … and let’s not

These are some examples about how to make suggestions in English with let’s.

  • Let’s hire a new software developer
  • Let’s talk to the manager about it

#10 Could and Can

These are some examples about how to make suggestions in English with could and can

  • Could you make more calls?
  • Can you postpone the meeting?
How to Give Advice in English

Giving Advice in English: Situations

These are 3 situations that will help you practice how to give advice in English

Situation #1

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.

Situation #2

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.

Situation #3

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

How to Give Advice in English

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