Modal Verbs are used to
give advice or
There are two modal
verbs used for advice:
Should and Would.
You can see how to give
advice with the lesson
Should is used for advice in the present. The structure is as
Subject + Should + Base Verb
- You should eat healthy food.
- You should exercise every day.
Should is used for advice in the past. Here is the structure:
Should + Have + Past Participle
- You should have gone to the party.
- She should have studied more often.
It is common to use "should" to give negative advice. In this
case, add "not".
- You should not smoke.
- You should not eat too much candy.
The contraction is "shouldn't".
- You shouldn't drive too fast.
The modal verb "would" is used to give advice. In this
situation, the speaker is giving hypothetical advice as if he/she
were the listener. Here are some examples:
- If I were you, I would return the book.
- If I were you, I would not wear that jacket.
It is not always necessary to include "If I were you".
- I wouldn't eat that.
- I would choose the red shoes.
Normally, would is used to talk about yourself, and should is
used to talk about someone else.
- I would study tonight if I were you.
- You should study tonight.
It is also common to ask for advice using these modal verbs:
- What should I do?
- What would you do?
Try practicing the difference between would and should with
advice using this test:
Modal Verbs for Advice Test
Modal Verbs for Advice Test 2
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