love.43.gif Expressing Advice: Asking for & giving advice:

boutons042.gif Expressions:

webmaster-mini-puces-00022.gif Asking for advice:

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI've got a bad toothache. What do you suggest?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifWhat do you advise me to do?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifWhat should I do?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifWhat ought I to do?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifWhat's your advice?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifIf you were me what would you do?

webmaster-mini-puces-00022.gif Giving advice:

webmaster_fleches029d.gifIf I were you, I would go to the dentist.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifWhy don't you go to the dentist's?

webmaster_fleches029d.gifYou'd better brush your teeth regularly.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifYou ought to/should avoid eating sweets.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifIf you take my advice, you'll go to the dentist.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifIt might be a good idea to brush your teeth on a regular basis.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI advise you to brush your teeth on a regular basis.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifHave you thought about seeing a dentist?

webmaster-mini-puces-00022.gif Declining to give advice:

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI don't know what to advise, I'm afraid.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI wish I could suggest something, but I can't.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI wish I could help.

webmaster_fleches029d.gifI'm afraid I can't really help you.

boutons042.gif Things to remember about asking for and giving advice:
1. "Advise" is a verb.

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"I advise you to learn English. You will undoubtedly need it in your higher studies"

2. "Advice" is a noun.

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"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"

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"You'd better see a doctor!" = "You had better see the doctor"

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boutons042.gif 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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