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How to give advice

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An Agony Aunt is a newspaper writer who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in. Take a look at this example letter and then write your own advice. There's also a vocabulary exercise to do.
(Lesson by David, EC London English School)

Agony Aunt Letter:

Dear Abby,

I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for two years now, and I would really like to take it to the next level. I am 25 and want to be married before I am 27 but he does not seem to want to ask me to marry him. Should I be dropping more hints? Is there anything I can do to make him propose?

Please help me,


Use some of the following to give advice:

a) I think you should (+verb)...
b) If I were you, I would (+verb)...
c) If I were in your position, I would (+verb)...
d) Have you thought about (+gerund)...

Choose the correct meaning of the key-words and then reply to Brenda giving her some advice using the suggestions above:

  • 1. To take (something) to the next level

  • 2. To drop hints

  • 3. To propose