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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I suggest _____________.

He recommended ______________.

They advised _______________.

She urges ___________________.

What do you propose ______________?

She suggested ________________.

If at first you don't succeed, I encourage _______________.

I propose ________________.

What do you suggest ___________?

She has advised ____________.


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125 Comments on “How to Give Advice in English – recommend, suggest, advise, encourage…”


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Thank you for reminding me of verb patterns. I can’t resist to ask you something. Is it possible to say: I recommend/suggest YOU UPDATING YOUR resume. I am quite puzzled :-D and this way seems to be the most natural way. Thank you for your answer and take care :)

Monday, April 28th 2014

    Pavel, I think, English-spoken people use this pattern in the way Adam explained: “(Subject) recommend/ suppose/ suggest (an action) (an object for the action)”. Addressee or recipient is hidden in the “action” or “object” parts (HER updating/ YOU update) or (MY resume/ YOUR resume). In our languages we mark out an addressee (YOU, HIM, HER, …) separately.

    Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    I recommend/suggest (that) YOU UPDATE YOUR resume
    I recommend/suggest UPDATING YOUR resume
    I recommend/suggest YOUR UPDATING YOUR resume

    Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

hi im a new joiner and i feel motivated to learn something new :)

Monday, April 28th 2014

    Hi Celiysf, is this your first lesson at EngVid?
    You made an excellent choice, I’m quite sure you are going to learn a lot.

    Welcome to EngVid and all the best to you!!!

    See ya around!

    Tuesday, April 29th 2014

      Hi Alex, how’ve you been?

      Alex, the more grammar videos I watch, the more I’m convinced that you are a gifted teacher; you make difficult grammar topics easy to understand.

      Just one question about giving advice:

      Does the possessive gerund express EXACTLY the same idea as . . .

      I suggest updating your resumé =

      I suggest your updating your resumé ?

      Many thanks for this wonderful lesson Alex.

      Regards

      Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Hi Alex, thanks for the lesson, but I have one question look please and answer (They advised _______________. a)taking lessons, b)me take lessons) you tald that if you advise something you should tell him/her without …ing structure. I got 80% from 10 question, I had two mistakes and they are connected with …ing

Monday, April 28th 2014

Hi, it’s a little bit confused even i got 8 out of 10! it’s was a productive lesson

Thank very much!

Monday, April 28th 2014

Hi Alex, thanks a lot for your lesson.
It’s very useful as always.
take care

Monday, April 28th 2014

Hi Alex thank you for this lesson however I am not sure why for example I advise you to do … Is correct? Is not just correct form I advise doing …. ?

Monday, April 28th 2014

Hi Alex
Very nice explanation!!!
Thank you a lot

Monday, April 28th 2014

Thanks for everything .I do well & get 100 score in this ’exam.

Monday, April 28th 2014

Thanks Alex. Greetings from rainy Serbia.

Monday, April 28th 2014

thankos alex, tu es mon meilleur pro

Monday, April 28th 2014

for my first time,after all these lessons i only got 4 out of 10.this was a little confusing to me Alex.i have a question.it could be a stupid question but im curious.is this american english or canadian english,because i live with american people and i even asked one of my roomates about the quiz and he told me i was right

Monday, April 28th 2014

‘thankos’ my fault sorry

Monday, April 28th 2014

I thought a little confusing… But I got 9/10. Maybe I should review it tomorrow. Anyway, thank you, Alex!

Monday, April 28th 2014

Hi Alex! Thanks for your lesson. I got 9/10 because I used my common sense for the question “What do you suggest me to do?”. I’ve never heard “What do you suggest doing?” Maybe I was wrong the whole life. But if “What do you suggest doing?” is grammatically correct, who would be the object of such question?
Greeting from Thailand!

Monday, April 28th 2014

    Hi everyone, Cambridge Dictionary online tells us that it is a typical error.

    • We don’t use suggest + indirect object + to-infinitive when we suggest an action to someone:
    He suggested that I should apply for a job in a bank or insurance company.
    Not: He suggested me to apply …
    • We don’t use suggest + to-infinitive:
    Henry wanted to tell everyone, but Dora suggested waiting until the news had been announced officially.
    Not: Dora suggested to wait …

    2. The doctor recommended (that) I take more exercises. (Subjunctive form; looks as a wish of the speaker.) I’ve learned also that the doctor advised me to take more exercises.

    Thursday, May 1st 2014

Haha, so I had a new trick, verbs begun with vowel will followed by the to + infinitive.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    That is a nice tip my fiend.

    Sunday, March 27th 2016

This will help me improve my communication skills, thank you Teachers..

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    hi Margie,
    if you want to improve your speaking skills then add me on skype.
    skype: attaurrehmankhan57

    Thursday, July 10th 2014

Hi teacher.really thank’s alot for your lesson..

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

40% got.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    Hi Abdul, how’s it going?

    I advice you to stay cool and keep trying.

    All the best to you!!!

    Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Im liking this website very much and thanks a lot engvid for these great lessons.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Hi Alex thank u for yr wonderful lesson :)

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

i got 10 correct out of 10, thaaaanks to you, Alex ;)

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

I got 9 correct out of 10. Thank you, Alex. I often share this website page and suggest that someone study or learn English ;)

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Alex, I got 90 score in the test. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Alex, I got 90 score in the test. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Alex, I got 90 score in the test. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

need to learn more

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

may help me to understand more what is the difference between request and ask , and where i use each one from them

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

great!!! I’m satisfied!

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Thanks Alex,the writing on the white board not clear because a focus camera so please, tell a team of engvid adjust it,
thanks again and go ahead.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

I got 100 score!!! Thank you!

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Great lesson Alex!
It will be very useful for the IELTS! ^___*

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    Hy! I’m italian like you! I would like to improve my english. engVid it’s a usefull and amazing way to learn!
    Great lesson Alex thank you!

    Saturday, November 28th 2015

Nice lesson. Thanks.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Hi, Alex, you have a great job, I got 100 score, thanks !

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

A very good lesson, thank you Alex.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Hi, Thanks for the lesson.It’s always useful

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

I enjoyed the lesson, I’ve got 9 out of 10 I’m happy with it.

God Bless Teacher Alex.

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Hey Alex! The test is very easy due to your explanations! Thanks!

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Thank you Alex.

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

I got 9/10! I’m happy with it!
Thank you Teacher Alex!

Thursday, May 1st 2014

Many thanks.

Thursday, May 1st 2014

Wow…. I have gotta 10 correct.
Tks so much, Alex.
Please give us more quiz

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Thank you ! It’s a very good lesson !

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Alex, I got 6/10. I guess I need more quiz, but I’ll never give up. Thank you.

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Hey I’d like to know when we should use, for example:
The door’s key
The door key
The key of the door
(In general, not only explaning this phrase)
Thank you =)

Friday, May 2nd 2014

I got 100. but the question : “what do you suggest doing? made me a bit confused. Its the first time i’ve ever seen such structure. Thanks for this lesson so much.

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

hmm..quite interesting stuff…

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Alex! I watched all your videos and I think my knowledge is better now. I am so excited and can’t wait to watch the next video. thank you so so so so much :)

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Alex,could you please help me distinguish the words “somehow,anyhow,someway,anyway”.By the way , how to use each of them?

Sunday, May 4th 2014

Hi Alex! I would like to know when I have to use DUE. Thanks

Monday, May 5th 2014

    Hey . interested in some skype or voice calling for better pronunciation?

    Friday, August 22nd 2014

Big thanks

Monday, May 5th 2014

10/10. It’s easy:). Thanks.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

so easy to learn and remember,thank alex so much.i’m watting for next your video…

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

10/10! YES!!! Thank you )))

Monday, May 12th 2014

9/10…,not bad

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

great lesson. I really didn’t knew this subject.
Thanks Alex

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

Hi~Alex.I am a new joiner and i feel motivated to learn your lesson. thanks a lot.

Thursday, May 15th 2014

60

Friday, May 16th 2014

thanks teachers, 9/10

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

advise/urge/encourage are need a object in this formula: ” I advise,urge,encourage you(object) to do sth”.

Sunday, May 25th 2014

just wanna know when do i chose to use ” you to updat ” or ” to update ” in advice , urge , encourage?

Sunday, May 25th 2014

Good lesson! 70%

Wednesday, May 28th 2014

It’s a very clean lesson. Learned a lot with it.
Thanks

Monday, June 2nd 2014

Thanks

Thursday, June 5th 2014

Hi Alex, I think you should make it clear that verbs like Advice and Urge usually are followed by a gerund but in case are followed by noun or pronoun they require TO+inf. It took me a while to find out that. The contradiction comes from that they are in the list of Verbs followed by a gerund. Correct me if i’m mistaken?!

Friday, June 6th 2014

many thanks for teacher, and this invitation to all friends to communication together.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Hi Alex, it is very interesting lesson

Wednesday, June 18th 2014

Wow, thanks Alex. This topic was one of the most confusing grammars of English for me. Your crystal clear explanation about how to advice in English helps me a lot.

Friday, June 20th 2014

i got 8 out 10 its not bad at all…thanks for that verb pattern alex.i learn a lot of english coming from u…

Saturday, June 21st 2014

Hi Alex,

I appreciate the work you guys are doing. I am really energized whenever, I watch these videos. Very simple and straight-forward approach.

A lot of THANKS.

Saturday, June 21st 2014

Thank u so much dear Alex you are perfect . would you please upload a video about Present perfect continuous

Sunday, June 22nd 2014

Top teacher:)))very helpful….

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

I could living with a wrong English structure forever if I don’t watch this video!

Sunday, June 29th 2014

It was a little bit confusing but I got 9 correct out of 10 :)Thank you Alex.

Monday, June 30th 2014

hi there!i’m a new learner, nice to meet you all!by the way, this lesson is so helpful,though its hard to remember.

Sunday, July 6th 2014

thank you very much for this lesson, very helpful but this one sounds weird for me, “”What do you suggest doing?” is more understandable say, What do you suggest me to do, i mean “suggest doing” sounds weird..
“What do you suggest doing? is like an incomplete phrase..
In advance, thanks for your opinion

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

noo, it is a littler bit confusing

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

i got 90, thanks alot Alex.

Thursday, July 10th 2014

hi Alex can you help me in this..
when we use “but” as a prepostion what form of verb it takes after it ..infinitive or bare infinitive means which one is correct in the following sentences
He did nothing but cry
He has no choice but to obey …
Regrds

Sunday, July 13th 2014

Hi, thank’s a lot. I like your method for teaching

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

Good day! First of all I would like to thank you for this nice lesson! Engvid is the best website for learning Englsih! I’ve passed the quiz below the video and I can’t understand why I can’t say in the last question “She has advised ME QUIT” if I can say “I advise YOU UPDATE”. Explain me, please! Thank you.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

thanks for this lesson………….

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

Thank you very much.

Friday, August 8th 2014

I watched this lesson twice.
I got 100, and i totally understood this lesson.
It’s really useful.
I think I should use this patterns more in real life.
Thanks for great lesson, Alex.

Monday, August 18th 2014

    mind sharing skype or some voice callin for better english pronunciation?

    Friday, August 22nd 2014

Great lesson alex, thank you :)

Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Great lesson! Many thanks.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014

as always good lesson from Alex sir.
but still little confuse about question 6. can you elaborate that answer of sixth question?

Friday, August 22nd 2014

I’ve just got 9/10. This is a little confusing for all of us, because I’m pretty sure we have heard some native speakers saying those mistakes. Oh, God, why English is the lingua franca, why??? It’s supposed to be the Spanish, haha.

Sunday, September 21st 2014

Or Latin

Sunday, September 21st 2014

This is awesome.

Saturday, October 11th 2014

I got 100 score!!! Thank you!

Saturday, October 11th 2014

Thanks for all

Thursday, October 23rd 2014

many thanks for all stuff of engvid, it is very helpful web site,thanks alex for your nice teaching

Sunday, November 2nd 2014

Thanks alex .. I urge you to do more useful lessons .

Saturday, November 29th 2014

No mistakes anymore=)

Wednesday, December 31st 2014

Your explanation was crystal clear, Alex.

No more mistakes from now on.

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Thanks.

Thursday, January 15th 2015

9. What do you suggest ___________?

doing
me to do
i think the second option is correct….but after the check the 1st one was correct…

Monday, January 19th 2015

sorry Alex after watching the video…i understand..

Monday, January 19th 2015

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015

I want to encourage you to donate

Saturday, February 28th 2015

got 50%.

Thursday, April 16th 2015

It’s so useful:)

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

hi this lesson of advice verbs was great. Alex can u suggest one of the best Grammer and Vocabulary book to improve my english

Monday, July 6th 2015

I got 4 out of 10 but have not watched this video so to learn correct uses of these I am going to watch it.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

10/10 tanks Alex, it is really very useful

Sunday, September 13th 2015

thanks Alex!

Wednesday, November 11th 2015

I guess you’re a good teacher, ’cause I scored 10 out of 10)

Friday, November 27th 2015

8/10. Thanks Alex. This is a good lesson.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Got 6 out of 10. Man! This lesson is very confusing. Thanks alex…

Friday, February 19th 2016

Great lesson! Thank you very much!

Friday, February 19th 2016

Dear Alex

Thank you for the great explanation video

I just want to ask you one question
I was reading a book and found this: “I recommended she return in morning”
Q: Why the writer uses return instead of returns? (The subject is she)

Thanks in advance

Saturday, March 19th 2016

Malgré cette excellente leçon, je crains de faire encore des fautes.
Merci Alex.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

The first time i saw the lesson i had only 6/10, but i have watched it again and now have 9/10, thank you, Alex!

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Hi Alex! Alex, explain the last answer in the quiz, please! I think, we can use both answers?

Monday, September 5th 2016
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