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 English Vocabulary for learners 

Expressions on ADVICE: how to ask for and give advice.

Do you often wonder how to ask for advice or give someone some advice?
Here are some common phrases and expressions that will help you.

  • ADVICE: asking for and giving advice 

    1. Asking for advice:
      • I need some advice. I’ve no idea what to do.
      • I am at a loss to know what to do. What do you think?
      • What do you think I should do?
      • What would you recommend?
      • What do you suggest?
      • Have you got any ideas?
      • I'd appreciate your advice.
      • What would you advise me to do?
      • What would you do if you were me?
      • Do you think I should ...?
      • Would it be a good idea to ...?
      • How would you react in my position?
      • What would be the best solution?

    2. Giving advice: possible suggestions
      • You could always … (go to the shop and ask for an exchange).
      • My advice would be to ... (take it back and ask for a refund).
      • What you need to do is ... (make a copy in case the original gets lost).
      • One thing you could do is ... (read your speech/presentation to a friend).
      • Have you thought about/tried … (enquiring at the reception)?
      • It’s generally a good idea to ... (read your answers again before handing in your paper).
      • If I were you I would ... (discuss the idea with my family/colleagues).
      • (Sending it to your parents'/ a friend's home))...... might be a good solution.
      • It would probably be better/safer/wiser to ... (ask for written confirmation).
      • I think your only option is to ... (talk to them before the announcement).
      • The sooner you ..........(call/write/confirm/cancel) the better.

    3. Reponding positively
      • That's a good idea!
      • I think you're right - I'll do that!
      • I never thought of that.
      • Yes, that might help.
      • I'll give it a try and see what happens.

    4. Responding negatively
      • No. I don't think so.
      • I don't think that would help.
      • I'm not convinced of that but I'll think about it.
      • I don't think that's the solution ... but thanks anyway.
      • I've already tried that, but thank you for the suggestion.