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Suggestions and Advice in English

You can use the following words and expressions in conversations to make suggestions and give advice to people.

Suggestions

should

"You should try to practise English."
"You shouldn't translate too much."

Why don't you

"Why don't you join an English club?"

ought to

"You ought to read more."

If I were you, I'd…

"If I were you, I'd watch more television."

*All these expressions are followed by a verb, without to. For example: "He should visit the Eiffel Tower." (Not "he should to visit the Eiffel Tower.")

For more information on using would, ought and should, see our page on modals.

suggest and recommend

Either use a verb + ing
"I suggest visiting the Eiffel Tower." (We should all go.)

OR use that + a verb without to
"I suggest that you visit the Eiffel Tower." (I'm not going.)

OR use a noun
"I recommend the lasagne." (It's a very good dish to choose in this restaurant.)

Advice

Remember the difference between the verb and the noun form of this word.

advise (verb)

"I advise you to buy a good dictionary." (The pronunciation is ad – vaiz)

advice (noun)

"Can you give me some advice?" (The pronunciation is ad – vais)

Advice is an uncountable noun. This means that we can't say an advice. Instead, we say some advice or a piece of advice.

"Let me give you some advice."
"She gave me a very useful piece of advice: to buy a good dictionary."

Speaking tip

Many people don't like getting advice if they haven't asked for it! To avoid giving the wrong impression, you can try some of these expressions:

"You could always…"

"Have you considered…"

"Perhaps we could…"

"Do you think it's a good idea to…"

"Have you thought about…"

"In your position, I would…"

"You should perhaps…"

Suggestions and Advice Quiz

Level: Pre-intermediate and above

1. Your friend gets terrible headaches every day. You say, ''You should __''
2. Your friend goes to the doctor and then tells you, ''The doctor says I __ to wear glasses.''
3. You want your friend to get a nice pair of glasses so you say, ''Why __ go to the optician on the High Street? They've got great glasses and they're quite cheap!''
4. Your friend goes to the optician and says, ''My doctor suggests __ some glasses.''
5. Your friend has a part-time job, but doesn't earn very much. You say, ''If I were you, __ for more money!''
6. Another way of saying this is, ''You could __ ask for more money.''
7. You're not sure what phone to buy in the shop. So you ask, ''Can you give me some __?''
8. The shop assistant says, ''Have you considered __ a monthly plan?''
9. You and a friend are planning a night out but you don't know what to do. You say, ''Perhaps we __ decide next week?''
10. You're attending a work meeting and want to suggest something. You say, ''I'd like to __ a suggestion.''



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9 comments

chanyalew tefera
wow! it is so nice reading to know about behavior and attitude
sukhchain
i want to learn english speaking
roro
pretty good to get useful tips about english language
celestin TAO
It was really nice
Nabi
Best way to improve you English language.
sameh abusiam
very good
Parth Vyas
Really helpful for daily conversations! It boosts our confidence up during communication and make any effective suggestion. Wonderful work !
Kenybell
That was so helpful
Mayank
Very nice

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