EFL/ESL Speaking English Lessons
Expressing advice in English
What is advice?
Expressing advice – A piece of advice is a statement or an opinion that people give you about what you should do in a certain situation. Example: You should visit a doctor if you are really sick.
When you people have problems, they may want to hear other people’s opinions about how they would solve that problem. A person who has a problem either asks people for their advice or people just give him/her advice when they notice his problem. In English, there are many expressions you can use to either ask for a piece of advice or give a piece of advice to people who need it. Check the table below:
Asking for a piece of advice in English
- Can you advise me, please?
- What is your advice?
- What should I do?
- Please, can you help me?
- What would you do, if you were me?
- What do you think I should do?
- Do you have any advice for me?
- What ought I to do?
- What do you advise me to do?
Giving a piece of advice in English
- You should + verb (infinitive)
- My advice to him is …
- You ought to + verb (infinitive)
- How about + verb + (ing)
- If I were you, I would + verb
- You oughtn’t to + verb (infinitive).
- I advise you to + verb (infinitive).
- My advice to you is + to + verb (infinitive).
- My advice to you is + verb + (ing).
- If I were in your position, I would + verb (infinitive).
- If I were in your shoes, I would + verb
Examples of asking and giving advice in English
- A: I have a headache, what should I do?
- B: You should take some aspirin.
- A: I really don’t understand Math lessons, what would you do if you were me?
- B: if I were you I would ask my teacher to help me out.
- A: what do you advise me to eat to lose some weight?
- B: I advise you to eat more vegetables and fruits. Don’t forget to practice some sports. It is good for your health.
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