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.

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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