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Hi, in the sentence "I will comply with the doctor's orders." the phrase "doctor's orders" seems strange to me because, I think, order imply some pressure or sanction. It should be instruction I think. What do you think about it?
Last edited by GoesStation; 28-Jul-2016 at 20:24. Reason: To add emphasis.
I am not a teacher.
It's true, however, that a doctor cannot order you to do anything. He/she can strongly advise you to do (or not to do) something but whether you choose to comply is entirely up to you.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
"Doctor's orders" is a set phrase. Nothing wrong with it. And "advice" is not countable in this use.
If you're refusing a cigarette, then doctor's orders works better than doctor's advice as it removes the idea of choice from the person saying no as they are being forced to do this. You can always ignore advice, but not orders, so using orders tells the person offering the cigarette not to do so again.