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Grammar Lesson – making suggestions


There are many ways to make suggestions. We will look at making suggestions with should and could. One is much stronger than the other!

should – use should + base verb when you REALLY think it is a good idea to do something – you are telling the person what to do

“You should visit your mother more. She’s getting very old.”

“The doctor said I have high blood pressure and that I should quit smoking.”

“Children should always respect their parents.”

could – use could + base verb to make a polite suggestion – you are sharing your ideas

“You could go for a walk or phone somebody while you’re waiting.”

“Anna is really difficult to buy presents for. Maybe you could get her a gift certificate?”

“When Doug told me he was bored at work, I told him he could ask for an additional project or offer to help someone else.”

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