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Giving or asking for advice
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There are different ways of giving advice or making recommendations. When giving well-meant advice in the wrong tone and with the wrong choice of words, it may be misinterpreted as an order or a warning. This page will help you to choose the right words in the appropriate situation.

Polite and careful recommendations

If you want to give some advice and you are not sure whether this will be appreciated, you can introduce your advice with the following sentences:

  • If you want my advice, I think ...
  • Don't you think it would be better if you ... ?
  • I think it might not be a bad idea if you ...
  • If I were you/in your position, I would ...
  • I could recommend ...
  • Just between you and me, I think ...
  • If you don't mind my saying so, I think that ...
  • Maybe you should try ...
  • Could I suggest the following?

These sentences could also be used in discussions or negotiations when you disagree with a proposal and you want to suggest something else. If you want to be really formal and careful, you could use the following phrase:

  • Pardon me, but it seems to me that it might be better if you ...

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