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28 / 09 / 2005

GIVING ADVICE (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. This week we have looked at the words to advise and advice. Starting today we look at examples of different grammatical structures we can use to give advice. SHOULD We use the modal verb should when we want to indicate that something is a good thing or a bad thing to do. We often use it together with the expression think. Example 1: I think you should accept the job. You should accept the job. We can also use these verbs in the negative form: Example 2: I don't think you should accept the job. You shouldn't accept the job. Should is not as strong as must or have to. Example 3: You have to accept the job. (obligation) So, we use should to talk about what is the right or wrong thing to do in a certain situation. Example 4: When you're in a library you shouldn't speak loudly. Example 5: If you would like to be rich, you should read the book "Rich Dad Poor Dad," by Robert Kiyosaki. As you can see, should can be used to give advice. In example 4 we are indicating a social or societal norm, but in example 5 we are really giving advice, which is one of the most common uses of should. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, you should contact us. Enjoy the rest of your day!


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