What Do We Mean by Giving Advice?
When we 'advise' somebody or something, we express disapproval toward them. This means we are judging whether something is good or bad. Here are some words that are used to express advice:
Usually, the word 'could' is used as the past tense of the modal verb 'can.' In this case, we can use the modal verb 'could' to express our disapproval toward something in the past tense. We mean the event has happened and we cannot change it anymore.
You can use the modal verb 'should' in the present and future tense to express your opinion and what you think about events that are happening or might happen in the future.
You can use the modal verb might to refer to a present or future time. In this case, you can express your disapproval of something.
Using 'Should Have'
Using 'Could Have'
'Could have' is the same as should have. The only difference between them is that when you use the phrase 'could have' you are referring to some action that was possible to do.
Using the Expression 'Why Did Not'
This expression is used a lot in conversations and everyday English. This expression is usually followed by a subjective pronoun. Check out the examples for more clarification:
Using 'Should not Have'
The phrase 'should not have' is usually used in the contracted form before 'past participles,' to express you think something has been done in a wrong way, or someone did something in a wrong way. However, you cannot change what happened now.
Using 'Might Have'
You can use the phrase 'might have' with a past reference before past participles to say something was better to be done in another way.
Using 'Ought to'
Using the modal verb 'ought to' to give advice, whether in the present or past tense is considered less common. However, you have to know that it exists. Check out the examples.
Using 'Had Better'
Some modal verbs can be used to give advice. These modal verbs are: can, could, should have, could have, might, might have. Check out the table that shows the function of these verbs based on the tenses.
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