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Giving advice and suggestions

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Giving advice and suggestions

  1. Who do you talk to when you have problems? Do you feel better after talking to him/her?
  2. When did you last listen to a friend’s problem? Did you help him/her?

Listen to the conversation. Pay attention how the man gives his advice and suggestions.

AWhat’s up? Are you OK?
BNo, not really. It’s my job. I’m not enjoying it and I didn’t get the promotion.
AWhy don’t you talk to your boss and ask for his advice?
BI tried. He’s not very helpful. He said he was busy and didn’t have time to talk.
AWell, you need to try again. You should tell him it’s important.
BI don’t see the point. He gave the promotion to Sam, my colleague.
AOh. If I were you, I’d look for another job. Why don’t we look online at vacancies and get some ideas?
BYeah. That sounds great. Thanks for listening to me.

Learn more6 expressions to offer help in English


Language Note:

If I were you, I’d… has a simillar meaning to You could… It is used to give advice to someone and make suggestions.

  • If I were you, I’d go to the doctor.
  • You could go to the doctor.


Why don’t you…?, You need to…, You should… are used to give a suggestion.

You can response to a good suggestions by saying:

  • That sounds great.
  • That sounds like a great idea
  • I really appreciate your help.
  • That’s a good plan.

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