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    Can you tell me some phrases for giving adivce?
    For example,
    You should....

    If I were you, I should...

    Thanks

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    I don't think you should work so hard. -
    Use 'I don't think you should' + the base form of the verb in a statement.

    You ought to work less. -
    Use 'You ought to' + the base form of the verb in a statement.

    You ought not to work so hard. -
    Use 'You ought not to' + the base form of the verb in a statement.

    If I were you,
    If I were in your position,
    If I were in your shoes,
    I wouldn't work so hard. -
    Use 'If I were' + 'you' OR 'in your position' OR 'your shoes' + 'I wouldn't' OR 'I would' + base form of the verb in a statement (A form of the conditional 2).

    You had better work less. -
    Use 'You had better' (you'd better) + the base form of the verb in a statement.

    You shouldn't OR You should work less. -
    Use 'You should' OR 'You shouldn't' + the base form of the verb in a statement.

    Whatever you do, don't work so hard. -
    Use 'Whatever you do' + the imperative.

    From: http://esl.about.com/library/grammar/blgr_advice.htm
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