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    You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    What is the difference between the following sentences.

    You should drink a glass of milk.
    You should be drinking a glass of milk.


    Except the fact that the advice is being made in a simple tense in the first sentence. While in the second one the advice is being made in continuous tense.

    Is there a difference between the two? Do they have different meanings?

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    Re: You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    In what circumstances would you want to use these sentences?

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    Re: You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In what circumstances would you want to use these sentences?
    when I want to advice someone to drink milk when he/she is growing weak and he/she needs calcium and phosphorus to strengthen his/her bones.

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    Re: You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    What is the difference between the following sentences.

    You should drink a glass of milk.
    You should be drinking a glass of milk.


    Except the fact that the advice is being made in a simple tense in the first sentence. While in the second one the advice is being made in continuous tense.

    Is there a difference between the two? Do they have different meanings?

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    The first tells someone that you think it would be a good idea for them to drink a glass of milk.

    The second tells them you think that, at this moment, they should be engaged in drinking a glass of milk. This would be an odd thing to say.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    When I want to advice advise someone to drink milk when he/she is growing weak and he/she needs calcium and phosphorus to strengthen his/her bones.
    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - "Advice" is a noun. "Advise" is a verb.

    People don't generally feel weak when they need to strengthen their bones. One glass of milk won't help them. You might advise someone to drink a large glass of milk every day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You should drink/you should be drinking a glass of milk. What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    What is the difference between the following sentences.

    You should drink a glass of milk.
    You should be drinking a glass of milk.
    Here's how I interpret it:

    The former is a suggestion to drink a glass of milk.
    The latter is a suggestion to make drinking a glass of milk a regular habit. (But it would be improved with the addition of a time phrase, like "every morning".)
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