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Asking for and Giving Advice

You can use the following tips and suggestions when you give advice or ask for advice from other people.


Asking for Advice

What do you think I should do?

What do you suggest?

What would you do (in this situation)?


Giving Advice

I think you should get a lawyer.

Maybe you should try someplace else.

Why don’t you call the company?

If I were you, I would tell her.


Language Notes:

Asking for advice:

  • We’ve got our bag stolen? What should we do?
  • What do you suggest us to do?
  • What is your suggestion?
  • What’s your advice?
  • What ought I to do?
  • If you were me what would you do?

Giving advice

  • If I were you, I would go to the police.
  • You’d better keep an eye on your bag all the time.
  • Why don’t you go to the police?
  • If you take my advice, you’ll go to the police.
  • You ought to/should avoid crowded places.
  • Have you thought about visiting the police station?
  • It might be a good idea keep an eye on your bag all the time.

Declining to give advice

  • I wish I could suggest something, but I can’t.
  • I don’t know what to advise, I’m afraid.
  • I’m afraid I can’t really help you.
  • I wish I could help.

Study the dialogue:

TouristsI’ve got terrible pain with my tooth I should do something about it. What do you advise me to do?
Teacher:Why don’t you go to the dentist. You’d better to go there as soon as possible.
Student:I think so, too, but which dentist’s do you think I should visit?
Teacher:If I were you, I would go to Central Hospital. They are very good at this.


5 thoughts on “Asking for and Giving Advice”

  1. I appreciate such interesting lesson! I just have some remarks. First, We don’t use “had better” + verb. For example, you had better go on a diet. Second, “which” is used as a relative pronoun. It is refers to things (non-human). For instance, who is the dentist do you think is recommendable around the area?
    Third, it is ungrammatical to use “possessive case” in the dentist’s. It is written “the dentist “!

    1. Dear Hafid, “had better” is always followed by the base form of the verb. Secondly, “the dentist’s” with “s is sometimes used for some names of shops.
      *Using (‘s) When we talk about shops, we often put an (‘s) on the end. For example, “I’m going to the chemist’s / greengrocer’s / butcher’s / baker’s / newsagent’s / fishmonger’s / optician’s.” We don’t use an (‘s) with these shops: supermarket, hardware store, petrol station, department store.

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