10 Ways To Offer Advice Or A Suggestion | Expressions

10 ways to offer advice and suggestions

(1) How about…

(2) Why don’t you…

(3) You could (try)…

(4) I reckon/think you should…

(5) If I were you, I’d…

(6) It might be a good idea to…

(7) My advice would be to…

(8) My recommendation would be…

(9) I highly suggest that you…

(10) I would strongly advise you to…


Phrases (1) to (5) are more informal and are best used with friends or family members.

Phrases (1), (2) and (3) sound more tentative (they sound less forceful or a little more uncertain that the advice is right).

Numbers (4) and (5) sound a little more stronger and expresses a little more certainty that the advice that you are giving is the right advice.

Phrases (6) to (10) are more formal than the other phrases and are more likely to be used in formal situations, such as receiving professional advice from a person such as a doctor or a lawyer. Phrase (6) sounds more tentative (it sound less forceful or a little more uncertain that the advice is right).

Phrases (7) and (8) are quite neutral, meaning that they can sound either tentative or a little more strong and forceful depending on how they are used and how they are said.

Phrases (9) and (10) both sound stronger than the other phrases in this list and are likely to be used, for example, by a person such as a lawyer or a person in a managerial position.

Do you use any of these phrases? Leave a comment below…