There are many different ways to give a suggestion. Here are some dos and don'ts Use a modal verb There are two modal verbs we often use for giving advice: ‘should’ and ‘ought to’. Both mean the same thing but work in slightly different ways. Let’s look at some examples. You should do more exercise. You shouldn’t drink so much beer. As you can see above, after ‘should’ we use an infinitive without ‘to’. You ought to do more exercise. You ought not to drink so much beer. Unlike ‘should’, we always use ‘to’ in ‘ought to’ for giving advice. Make it into a question To make advice less direct, we can use a question to make the person we are advising consider about the advice we are giving them. Why don’t you do some more exercise? How about doing some more exercise? With the question ‘Why don’t you…?’ we use an infinitive without ‘to’. When we use ‘How about…?’ to make a question, we use a gerund after it. Put yourself in the person’s position If someone is asking for your advice, sometimes it’s useful to imagine yourself being in that person’s position. This is a good way to explain your advice, too. If I were you, I would do more exercise. Remember to use an infinitive after ‘would’ and not ‘to’. To make this negative, put ‘not’ after ‘would’. Make a suggestion A suggestion or recommendation is another good way of giving advice that isn’t to direct. You can use the words ‘suggest’ or ‘recommend’ as in the example below. I would suggest doing more exercise. I would recommend doing more exercise. Use ‘verb+ing’ after ‘suggest’ or ‘recommend’ to explain your advice to the listener. To make these negative, put ‘not’ before your ‘verb+ing’.