by Ana-Maria Bădilă
Look at the pictures. Read the statements and match them with appropriate advice.
Look at these pictures. In pairs, make short dialogues with answers giving advice. Make the dialogue as funny as possible. Here is one example:
BOY: What should I do?
GIRL: You should throw a sausage over the fence so the dog won't attack you.
Should, had better, ought to are used to give advice.
Should and ought to mean more or less the same, but we usually don't use ought to in questions and negative statements.
The meaning of had better is often a little stronger. The speaker wants to underline that there will be negative consequences if you ignore the advice.
SHOULD is used to express advice in positive statements and questions.
SHOULDN'T is used to express advice in negative sentences.
Here are some examples.
Should I stay or should I go?
We use OUGHT TO in positive sentences only. It is more formal and less common than should.
Here are some examples:
She ought to do the dishes before going to bed.
You ought to call your grandmother tonight.
We use HAD BETTER to tell someone what to do and warn them about possible consequences that can happen if they don’t follow the advice given. We can’t make questions using had better. Examples:
You had better study or you will fail the test.
You’d better wake up earlier tomorrow or you will miss your flight.
You ...... her a nice present this year!
You .... me a ring some time if you want to.
You ........ join me if you don't want to break your rpomise.
A: I'm hungry. Should I eat some chocolate?
B: You .............. eat some fruit because it's healthier.
A: I didn't do the test very well.
B: You ...... go back and study everything again.
A: I'd like to go climbing, but I've never done it before.
B: You .... get some training. It can be dangerous.
I've broken my friend's MP3 player. What should I do?
I'm angry with my brother. He said something I didn't like. What should I do?
This dress my sister gave me looks terrible. I don't like it at all. What should I do?
Study the phrases on the right. Can you use them in the sentences below?
I told Peter he shouldn't post photos like that, but he has always ........ my ........... .
Should I buy a tablet or a laptop? Can you give me some ................ what's better?
He wants to become a web designer. His dad has ..... him to take a course. He should ....... that ......... .