Giving Advice


Giving advice is giving an opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem; counsel.
When you arrive in a new place it’s always a good idea to ask the locals for advice on the best things to see and do. Maltese people are exceptionally friendly and more than happy to give visitors advice. If you ever come here, don’t be shy to ask for a recommendation!
So if you are planning to take a trip soon, perhaps you should brush up on asking for advice.
Asking for advice:
• I’ve got a bad toothache. What do you suggest?
• What do you advise me to do?
• What should I do?
• What ought I to do?
• What’s your advice?
• If you were me what would you do?
Giving advice
• If I were you, I would go to the dentist.
• Why don’t you go to the dentist?
• You’d better brush your teeth regularly.
• You ought to/should avoid eating sweets.
• If you take my advice, you’ll go to the dentist.
• It might be a good idea to brush your teeth on a regular basis.
• I advise you to brush your teeth on a regular basis.
• Have you thought about seeing a dentist.
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.
Things to remember about asking for and giving advice:
1. “Advise” is a verb.
“I advise you to learn English. You will undoubtedly need it in your higher studies”
2. “Advice” is a noun.
“My father gave me this piece of advice when I was young: never give up”
3. “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.
“You ought to stop smoking.”
“You should stop smoking.”
4. “You’d better” is the short form of “you had better”
“You’d better see a doctor!” = “You had better see the doctor”
Study the dialogue:
Student: I’m terrible at English and I think I should do something about it. What do you advise me to do?
Teacher: I think you should try this website. It’s a fantastic website for beginners.
Student: I’ve heard about it, but what do you think I should start with?
Teacher: You’d better start with the lessons.Then, try the exercises.


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