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English Grammar Reference: Giving advice

When someone has a problem, we can give them advice in the following ways:

"I have a headache."

You should take some medicine.

Subject

should

base form

You
should
study

more.

You
shouldn't
smoke

so much.

You ought to take some medicine.

Subject

ought to

base form

 

You
ought to
do

more exercise.

You
oughtn't to
think

so negatively.

Why don't you take some medicine?

Why don't you

base form

 

Why don't you
take up

jogging?

Why don't you
have

a holiday?

If I were you I'd take some medicine.

If I were you I'd

base form

 

If I were you I'd
stop

smoking.

If I were you I'd
drink

less whisky.