Expressing Advice in English (EFL/ESL Speaking English Lessons)

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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