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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.
What do we use when we want to give URGENT advice?

Which is the most common way to ask the following question?

Which of the following statements is the least polite?

"Should" and "Ought to" have a very similar meaning when giving advice.

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300 Comments on “How to Give Advice in English – SHOULD, OUGHT TO, HAD BETTER”

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Dear Teachers!
Thanks a lot for Your exqusite yesterday’s Grammar classes.
Sincerely Yours!

Sunday, August 30th 2009

    Hi Alex
    thanks a lot for your help
    i really understand from you

    Sunday, February 26th 2012

    !thanks a million! your class is very interenting

    Saturday, March 2nd 2013

Nice lesson Alex, thanks

Sunday, August 30th 2009

I like your teaching, thanks a lot.

Monday, August 31st 2009

    alex is the best! thanks. very clearly and usefull lessons!

    Friday, December 28th 2012

Could you tell me; where’s the difference between: “somebody SHOULD DO something.” vs. “somebody SHOULD BE DOING something”?

Monday, August 31st 2009

    They are both sentences which give advice, with slightly different intentions. “Somebody should do something” is the simple present, meaning that it’s general advice and that someone should do something, but they are not doing it yet. “Somebody should be doing something” is the present progressive/continuous tense, and advises that someone should be doing something RIGHT NOW. They are both very close in meaning.

    Friday, September 11th 2009

      thanks for this additional comment.

      Tuesday, May 20th 2014

I loved it. Excelent lesson! I am a new member and I think you should post other lessons like that :) :) :)

Friday, September 4th 2009

    Thank you for your compliment, and I will keep doing my best to post more useful lessons for the visitors of this site.

    Friday, September 11th 2009

      I love it, I’m taking English courses and I was absent in this lesson and is like taking classes with my own professor. thank you so much.

      Thursday, March 29th 2012

Thanks for the class very interesting …

Wednesday, September 9th 2009

Thanks for your lessons and your entire website.
I have a suggestion.
Why don’t you filter noise out your lesson.
It will hear better and more comfortable.
Many softwares now can do it easily, effectively, swiftly.

; )

Thursday, September 10th 2009

    I will see if there is any way to improve the sound, but I think it is already quite good!

    Friday, September 11th 2009

thank for ur lesson i want to when we use would have,could have, should have

Wednesday, September 16th 2009

    Great suggestion. Thank you, and I will try to make a lesson on these in the future.

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

      Dear Sir,

      we couldn’t find this lesson as you promised us. please post this lesson. thanks

      Wednesday, July 14th 2010

    Hello, Alex! Hello, Bijo! I really appreciate your Lessons, Alex. And I would be delighted to learn more about using “would have”, “could have”, “should have” (Bijo suggestion), and other forms of these modals. Thank you in advance.

    Tuesday, September 29th 2009

Hi Alex,
How should I tell you that how useful this website is. I was looking for a website which should teach me the grammer and I am very luch that I got this website. If I were a President I would have awarded the creater of this website. Thank you very much engvid team.
Thanks and regards.

Saturday, September 19th 2009

it is lucky not luch. its spelling mistake.

Saturday, September 19th 2009

Dear Alex,
I am very lucky that i find this website on youtube. It is 3rd time that i am appearing in IELTS exam, due to this i was very tens. But today i find my brilliant teachers. My confidence level is upgrading day by day. I will pray to God for the success of every member of *******engvid******* website(Seven Star). I Solute the Master mind behind this website…. Once again Thank you very much….

Sunday, September 20th 2009

dear teacher
could u tell me what the distinguishes between on the should and shall? if can, please give some examples

thank you so much

Friday, October 2nd 2009

    shall i bring something for you??
    (we use only for asking )

    should i bring something for you??
    (here we feel thats better for you but im asking to you)

    understand now thats so easy to use….

    Saturday, October 10th 2009

Thank’s,you’re perfect teacher!

Saturday, October 3rd 2009

thanks for a free english lessons..I do really appreciate it a lot.. and I am so glad that I have found this website you know I have been looking for it..thank you teacher Alex!!!……………

Wednesday, October 7th 2009

thanks teacher

Saturday, October 10th 2009

Hi respectfully teacher…

“now you goes now you comes”
why do we use this sentence ?????
please reply me fast..
your newly student
Sohail khan

Saturday, October 10th 2009

Your explanation is very clear and your pronouncing too.Thank you very much for your lessons and this is exactly the website I was looking for.I don’t know how to thank all of you.I don’t only brush my information and learn very important things in English, but also learn how to explain well and effectively because I am a teacher of English.But I noticed that there is not daily adding of videoes and information.I wish you success and for this website to be the most famous one in learning and teaching English.

Friday, October 16th 2009

Hi Alex,

It my first lesson and it is soooo great, thank you. I didn’t know ‘should’ can be used for avice. Most of Korean students and I are accustomed to using ‘should’ only for duty. For example, ‘You should study hard to go to that school.
Is it common to use for advice? Do people have to understand on context??

Thursday, October 22nd 2009

hi alex..
thank you so much for your lessons. It was really very useful for me. I’m your student from India. Can you please tell me how to increase my verbal knowledge?
Thanks in advance

Saturday, October 24th 2009

hi Alex, thank you . My english have improving when I had start to study in you web. Thanks

Saturday, November 14th 2009

please explain the complete meaning of preposition : “with, by, of ,from etc.”means it’s detailed explaination

Thursday, November 19th 2009

I am a filipino,and this engvid is very useful for me…thank you so much!

Saturday, November 21st 2009

Yeah,.i agree lilprinz07,.this video is very useful,.thank you teacher Alex!

Tuesday, November 24th 2009

I am very lucky to find this Web site because all of you are wanderfull teachers.
Your teaching is wonderful.I haven’t seen good teachers as you are.Thank you very much

Tuesday, December 15th 2009

hi alex

i am very interesting with your teaching and i can got a lot thing frome your lesson . i think your lesson is suitable with begining learner. now i have just starded study english so your lesson it was very useful to me. i don’t know how to said thank you but i am enjoying your lesson very much. i want to learn more lesson

thank anyway

Tuesday, December 29th 2009

i am a newer and comfrom vietnamese . your lessons are always great . thank you very much. i would like to watch more . thanks again !

Friday, January 15th 2010

Can you show me around the room. where you teach. If you can show me the outsite too. I just want to know please!
Thank you very much.

Thursday, January 21st 2010

can you bring us more of advices pls thanks for other lessons

Thursday, February 11th 2010

hi alex,thank you for your all help.god bless you.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

hi mr.Alex ,thank you for all help

Wednesday, February 24th 2010

Thanks Alex

Wednesday, March 3rd 2010

Thanks Alex for you help.

Thursday, March 4th 2010

I always think your helps.

thank you Alex.^^

Thursday, March 11th 2010

I was not present in English, and I missed that lesson, but thanks to you, I got a good grade in the examination.^^

( Sorry my English sucks ><)

Thursday, March 25th 2010

What about this phrase,
“ought you should know”
Is it grammatically correct?
Any other suggestion to replace this?

Tuesday, March 30th 2010

how i can use have got to/has giving andive i need some examples

Saturday, April 3rd 2010

alex! your lessons are very interesting and suitable. thank you very much! In July I have a IELTS exam. I need a help with my speaking. If you can give any advises than I will appreciate it. Thanks.

Sunday, April 11th 2010

I used these videos in my class and found them interesting to my students. They were used as a tool for motivation and a tool for reinforcement. My students liked them and asked for more.
thanks a million.

Thursday, April 22nd 2010

Thanks you Alex.

Friday, May 14th 2010

Thanks you Alex.

Tuesday, May 18th 2010

Hi Alex,
I really have problems with past perfect.Could you helpe-me?

Monday, May 24th 2010

hi sir , thank you for your good explaination

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

thank u you are great your way of teach easy please can u teach us the rule of if byyyyyye

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

i would like to know how i can enroll on your clases thank you alex

Thursday, June 10th 2010

i have one doubt
example : ‘if u dnt follow my advice, you have to face the consequeces’.
in the above example ,is it correct to start a clause with ‘if’

Wednesday, June 16th 2010

Interesting lesson…..thanks Alex

Wednesday, June 16th 2010

Thanks a lot Alex. Your have a lovely teaching style :)

Sunday, June 20th 2010

thanks a lot to all my teaches in engvid
but i am a beginner in english
so i want to lessons from basics
could u please do for me

Monday, June 21st 2010

I like all the lessons in website..i m a beginner..need a schedule,means from where to start……please can u help

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

Alex , really i love your lessons… i had better watch all your lessons…

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

thank you for your effort in order to improve ourselves in modal verbs and i wish if you will do other courses about that

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

Thank u 4 ur effort

Friday, July 9th 2010

thank you

Friday, July 9th 2010

Thank you so much .

Sunday, July 11th 2010

Hi Alex ! Good lesson ! thank you !

Thursday, July 15th 2010

hi Alex.. great videos..
i’m learning so much..
thank you..
and God bless you..

Monday, July 19th 2010

thank you, very interesting and useful.
You’re a good teacher)

Friday, July 30th 2010

Please teaching about when we used ‘would have

Thank you very much

Thursday, August 5th 2010

thanks alot teacher

Sunday, August 8th 2010

Thanks for your lesson.I couldnt sign up in this website.whenever im trying it is asking for password or incorrect password.Check it out.

Friday, August 13th 2010

Thank you very much about your useful topic , we are watinh for your news beloved teacher .

Tuesday, August 17th 2010

    Sorry i wanted say , waiting instead of “watinh”

    Tuesday, August 17th 2010

Could you please help me?
Example- You ….. visit your grandma. Should or ought to?
How do you know what do you have to write?

Monday, August 23rd 2010

I am thinking should,would,could are past forms of shall,will,can is it right
in could lession you was said that could is used for past iam confusing all these thinks
give me more examples PLZ

Thursday, September 2nd 2010

Fantastic teacher, great work in presenting the material and having a quiz to evaluate your understanding to the topic.

Friday, September 17th 2010

Thanks teacher. The advise to use: should. ought to and had better, is very easy.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010

I think your voice is low but your lesson is very strong.

Thursday, October 14th 2010

Thank you so much.

Thursday, October 14th 2010

Great Class..waiting for more lessons

Thursday, October 21st 2010

thanks a lot.. you are such a great teacher.. god bless you

Saturday, October 23rd 2010

tahnks about this lesson theach !
and i wish if you can told me the difference between should/ought to and must !
thanks again !

Saturday, October 23rd 2010

thanks sir!!!

Saturday, October 30th 2010

Hi Alex, i already posted a comment on your Youtube Channel. I will Subscribe Tommorow!!!

Wish me a luck with the Grammer Test!

Wednesday, November 3rd 2010

    Good luck! I hope your test went well!

    Sunday, January 9th 2011

thank you for your lesson, i am having ‘advice’ test at school tomorrow. i found ur lesson very useful

Thursday, November 18th 2010

Hello, It’s a wonderful class. You used simple language and explained very well. Is it OUGHT to and HAVE to has same meaning?

Saturday, November 20th 2010

thank you for this lesson I have benefited greatly .
thank you again

Sunday, November 21st 2010

Hi Alex I like your approach and I wont to now difference between Should and Would, when and how we can use both of them, thank you very much…

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

sorry for now, it must be know, I wont to know…

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

thank you engvid.com i like your webpage

Saturday, November 27th 2010

Thank you for this lesson,I have benefited greatly.I have one simple question-had better- here had means past form of has/have or different particular word.
waiting your reply.

Sunday, December 5th 2010

alex… u missed a word.
> must < no discussion?

Thursday, December 9th 2010

how to say this sentence using it’s and keeping the same meaning? I had better go to the dentist soon

Saturday, December 18th 2010

    I’m not sure if I understand your question.

    “I had better go to the dentist soon,” can have the same meaning as “I must go to the dentist soon,” or “I need to go to the dentist soon.”

    Was this your question?

    Sunday, January 9th 2011


Thursday, December 30th 2010

brilliant, thanks Alex, Barcelona

Monday, January 3rd 2011

Dear Alex.
When you have this sentence:
Should we go shopping?
And the answer is
no, we should not.
Could you also say no, we shouldn’t???


Tuesday, January 4th 2011

    Yes, that is also something you can say. It’s much more informal and used in speaking. It is a simple contraction and is very common in spoken English.

    Sunday, January 9th 2011

hey thanx,
its great…i want to learn all the tenses,where i find it in sequences?

Thursday, January 6th 2011

    Hi vijay,

    Unfortunately, the lessons on Engvid.com are not in a specific order. Try using the search function.

    Sunday, January 9th 2011

thank you so much i learned a lot..

Thursday, January 6th 2011

nice teaching Alex,i love your teaching stile,Thanks a lot,love you!

Friday, January 7th 2011

shall i want to wait for your reply means

Saturday, January 8th 2011

alex its nice to know about should ,ought to and had better i definitely use it in my daily life.
regards drishi

Wednesday, January 12th 2011

thanks mr Alex God bless you

Friday, January 14th 2011

firstly thank you very much, sir. Your lessons are full of motivation and I’m enjoying a lot. my question, is it same if i say “He would better call his friends” and the one you already taught us which is “had better”, thanks

Saturday, January 15th 2011

    Hi Deeq,

    “He would better call his friends” is grammatically incorrect. You mean to say “He had better call his friends.”

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

thanks so much for your lessons,its so interestin especiallly your method of teaching.but ve one question!can you do new lessons bcos i ve already passed through all?thanks

Monday, January 31st 2011

i woulld like to receive language fuctions lessons from you. what should I do?

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011

hmm..i just wanna say, thank you to you bcoz its help me a lots..

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Alex your lessons are amazing and efficient!!thank you for your help!!WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO DO A LESSON ABOUT INVERSIONS(ALSO IN THE CASE OF CONDITIONALS)…THANK YOU!!!!!

Friday, February 18th 2011

Hai Alex,

I got one question to ask u.. Is it correct or not when i say “I think you ought to go to work today”. Thank for advance.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011

If you really want to improve your english, you ought to visit http://www.EngVid.com. Thanks a lot Alex.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011

hi dear Alex
this is so good lesson …your teachin very well..

Tuesday, March 8th 2011

thank alot.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

hi there,
i want from you teachers to show for me how about teaching different types of lessons.For instance, reading, writing and speaking lesson.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011

this first time i lestin to online couress.
realy i understod very much from your lecture


Wednesday, March 30th 2011

thanks allex

Thursday, March 31st 2011

i like your way of teaching…

Friday, April 1st 2011

I’ve never known the differences between “had better” and “should/ ought to” until I watch this lesson. many thanks to your lesson.

Friday, April 8th 2011

thank you alex, about this lesson . i learn tow new words ; ouhgt to and had better

Monday, April 11th 2011

Hi Alex! How we could use “had” in present and future tense.e.g he had better call his mother.

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

    “Had better” is already used in the present, and is advice for the present. Of course, it is impossible to follow advice DIRECTLY at the moment of speaking, so it is actually used for the future too.

    “You had better come to class tomorrow” is advice for the future, but it is advice made in the present.

    I hope this is not too confusing.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

hello sir
you are superb teacher the best one .
i will be watching and listening your lesson most of my free time . thankyou

Friday, May 6th 2011

Thanks Alex. Best teacher in the world. :)

Sunday, May 8th 2011

Thanks Alex,keep up the good work

Friday, May 13th 2011

Congratulations, really enjoyed it.
It was great the tip of the pronunciation “oughta”.

Monday, May 16th 2011

thanks Alex four helping me………

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

thanks Alex four giving me the great lesson….

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

Thanks teacher Alex, it’s very good lesson.Lily from Brazil

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

thank you teacher for lesson so i want to learn me for had has shall should would have like those okay

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

Thanks, good lesson.

Friday, June 3rd 2011

hello, i like the information :D

Thursday, June 9th 2011

hi Alex!I really find your lessons helpful but i can not find the quiz to check if i really learned everything!!!When i click on “Quiz”no questions appear!!!

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

yeah alex !! i thank you so much for this lesson and once big-up

Monday, June 20th 2011

Thank, Alex, for this lesson! You’re very kind! I understood almost everything, it’s great!

Friday, July 1st 2011

Dear Alex, I find your classes really interesting! I’d like to ask you about CAN to ask for and give advice. I’m taking a course and I can’t see the difference between can and should. E.g.: What can I do in Mexico city?
What should I do in Mexico City?

Monday, July 4th 2011

Hii Sir!!! thank youu so much for the lesson and i want to know the deffrence between should and ought to ; i guess there is a big deffre thnxxx

Tuesday, July 12th 2011

You have the best free website to learn real English I think. hey Alex, it would have been great if you had written here your skype or msn or something!!! it would have been nice to had met you!!!!

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

your work is very good and i like it very much.

Tuesday, July 19th 2011

Thx my dear teacher

Monday, August 8th 2011

thank you teacher for lesson so i want to learn if there is any difference betwen ‘should’ and ‘ought to’

Saturday, August 13th 2011

Thank you very much Alex .. It helped me alot, especially “Ought to” it kind of a new thing to my english :)

Monday, August 15th 2011

Dear Teachers!
Thanks a lot for Your video lessions. Before watching these videos I tried to learn english grammer from many books ,but none of the books are interesting. But your video lessions are very interesting and also all the teacher clarified very cleary what to use based on the context.I would like to see more video lessions from you.
Thanks a lot,

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

The best teacher

Friday, August 19th 2011

i like this lesson thanks for improvement

Saturday, August 20th 2011

Dear teacher,
thanks a lot for Your video lessons . I know in English , there are many verbs followed by other verb with different forms ( for example TRY + to inf / TRY + v-ing ) , and in each sentence the meaning of the verb is also different ( for example TRY in the sentence above ). would you please teach us more about that . Gog bless you !

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

it ‘s a mistake . GOD BLESS YOU :)

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

Dear teacher.
Please explain me about the count noun and un count noun using with less , enough, more…

Tank for your reply,

All the best

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

Hi.. Teacher,

What is the position of the adjective


Tuesday, August 30th 2011

understandable lesson We want more lessons like this.so long n’ good bye.

Wednesday, August 31st 2011

Great lesson Alex,thank alot

Sunday, September 11th 2011

hi alex we use had when we are talking about the past here in this sentence you are telling.he had better call his mother.how it becomes present an you are telling that it can be use for the future also.can you please explain

Thursday, September 15th 2011

hi alex.i m new student.i like your teaching and i can anderstand.tanx a lot

Monday, September 19th 2011

Thanx Mr Alex YOU ought to contuniue your best video

Monday, September 26th 2011

Q)Payment for the full amount should be sent with this application form.

Why is SHOULD more likely than OUGHT TO?

Saturday, October 1st 2011

thank you from Italy|

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

Thank you very much for lecture. I did much benefited.

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

Thanks alot

Saturday, October 8th 2011

Thanks a lot .

Saturday, October 8th 2011

Thx a lot I wish that all the teachers had yr way in teaching. :P

Saturday, October 8th 2011

    That would be boring! There are many effective styles, but thank you for the compliment.

    Monday, November 21st 2011

You´re nice. I watched your presentation and it was quite understandable. I´m an english teacher and I´m still learning.

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

I´m tica and i´m always trying to clear out my doubts which are endless

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Thank you teacher.Your explanation was cool.

Monday, October 24th 2011

iam very happy. i understood clear, how Alex explain the lesson thank you so mucho.

Friday, November 4th 2011

thx sir for such a impressive lesson, how would we use “had better” for asking questions?

Thursday, November 10th 2011

Oh my dearest sir, urs teaching style very very efficient, as that must be superb.i have a bit confusion about “have something done”,could it b possible to tell me about,how can we use this in every tense n situation?

Sunday, November 13th 2011

i don’t understand this sebject please help me

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

hey alex, can you help me to use of ” have had” had had ..

Monday, November 21st 2011

    “have had” is the present perfect form, and “had had” is the past perfect form.

    I have had a hot dog before. (in your life, you have eaten a hot dog)

    I had had a difficult time in university. (you are telling a story. Maybe you are talking about an old job you had, and mentioning how BEFORE university, you had had a hard time)

    Good luck!

    Monday, November 21st 2011

      Please could you do a lesson about had had and have had I would like let it clear in my mind thanks.

      Friday, March 16th 2012

Hi Alex what is the defferent between (in&at) according usage.

Monday, November 21st 2011

Thank you. :)

Friday, November 25th 2011

Hey Alex Add me in my Skype Id [mayawella]

Monday, November 28th 2011

Hi, Teacher:-) Thank you so much. I loved your class. I was breaking my head. Some times it is very hard. You are very special. Thank you for your help.

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

hI Teacher, I would like to know when i use should ou ought to? Have expecific situacions when ionly can use ought to?

Thursday, December 1st 2011

    Use it for strong advice. It’s similar to “should.”

    “I’m sick.”
    “You ought to stay at home.”

    “My car is busted.”
    “You ought to take it to a mechanic.”

    Sunday, December 4th 2011

Hi Alex. All your lessons are really useful. TNX.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

yehheeey got 100…. tnx teacher alex..ur teaching is the best…ive learned a lot… and it was great help for me….Godbless you more….

Thursday, December 8th 2011

thks a lot to explanation about it.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

I scored 4 out of 4! Im happy))) Alex, your lessons are very clear and available)! Thanks! Good job!

Monday, December 12th 2011

thank !

Saturday, December 17th 2011

Gteat lesons,keep you’r good works.i wish best of luck.thanks

Tuesday, December 20th 2011

Thank you sir … alot sir …
really hatts off to you sir … you are excelent teacher sir thanks alot

Thursday, December 29th 2011

thankyou teatcher it is the best site

Monday, January 9th 2012

i totally understand your lessons thank you. i hope you will continue your job for us . i am rafaqat from pakistan.

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

hi alex,sir u r a grt teacher
plz can u do a lesson on “either” and “whether” i’m always confused abt it.

Monday, January 23rd 2012

Hello Teacher,this is the first time that i watched your teach. and now i not clear about negative of ought to. would you tell me about it? Thank.:)

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Very useful thank you.
Do you also have online exercises?

Sunday, January 29th 2012

Hi teacher tell me please what is the difference between may and might

Monday, January 30th 2012



Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Thanks so much you explain very clearly. I have a question, can you halp about modal verb. sometimes I don’t know when to use them. I will have a quise in my class , please help me about this. vebs are must, have to, migh , may , could, will, can, sincerely, Shery

Saturday, February 11th 2012

Hi sir! I’m really thankful for your lesson. May I have a question for you? I have learned before that “had better” can be used to discuss something that we should do but we did not in the past. Is it true? I used it in that way several times and I was so confused. It’s like I go to work this morning and decided not to bring umbrella, then it’s raining and I’m like “oh, I had better bring an umbrella”. Could you give me an advice for this. I’m looking forward to your reply. Thank you!!

Sunday, February 12th 2012

definitely that is what i need…

Sunday, February 12th 2012

thnks a lot alex u helpe me a lot in may study

Monday, February 20th 2012

Ididn’t get the the answers to the quiz.

Sunday, February 26th 2012

This is my first of joining this site please can you help me in how to use grammar and how to speak correct english

Tuesday, March 13th 2012

I loved your explanation.
Thaks a lot

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

HI Alex,

Your teaching skill is excellent. Especially your teaching flow, sense of humor everything is perfect.
PS: Can you tell how did you develop it.

Your fan,

Thursday, March 22nd 2012

emma and alin yours teaching style is great.

Friday, March 30th 2012

[…] How to Give Advice in English – SHOULD, OUGHT TO, HAD …In this English lesson, I teach you how to give advice, using ’should’, ‘ought to’, and ‘had better’. These are used differently and can mean different things, […]

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

You are amazing thanks

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

I have a question as follows:

Is it ever correct to say “an harmonica”?



Friday, April 13th 2012

Teacher Alex,,
Your class is very good and very useful.You convey your message very quickly and it is very crystal clear..

Sunday, April 29th 2012

hello alex hodja the way u teach us is exactly easy to understant.Thank u . and i am going to wacth others.

Monday, April 30th 2012

No comment,it s a great manner to explain things,thank you Alex.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Alex, thank so much! you help me one more time.. Muito obrigado.

Sunday, May 6th 2012

alex thanks u r really such a great teacher.. i understand everything very clearlyy

Thursday, May 10th 2012

Alex thanks u ara best teacher.

Thursday, May 17th 2012

Im from iran and your teaching was realy good thanks a milion

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Thank you :)

Friday, May 25th 2012

thanks alot u help me in my study

Thursday, May 31st 2012

Alex thank you , you have made a clear axplanation. You are very ”easy” to understand. I have a question : when i hear your video is important to translate in my native language or getting carried by the words!? bye bye!

Friday, June 1st 2012

Thanks Mr Alex really the lesson was good
Thanks teacher.

Friday, June 1st 2012

hi alex!
your teaching is perfect, it was so useful for me.
i wonder how would the negative form of the HAD BETTER be.

Sunday, June 10th 2012

Thank you for this lesson! I am going to show it to my conversation class.

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

A good lessson.

Friday, June 22nd 2012

thanx alex u r my best teacher,i love he way u r teaching

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

the meaning of should to is advice also example: you should to do that.

Sunday, July 8th 2012

The lesson is very understandable. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Hey, Alex. Can you explain meanings of ‘would’?

Thursday, July 19th 2012

    Good idea! I’ll keep it in mind!

    Friday, July 20th 2012

Nice work done her ! ALEX ! :)

Friday, July 20th 2012

Conditionals is my nightmare (second and third), i can not get it. Would you please advice how to remember how to use them?
Another confusing thing is Would you and could you. I love every bit of this web. thank you .

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

    I think we already have a few lessons on this topic, so use the search engine. I’ll see if I can make something more detailed in the future!

    Thursday, December 6th 2012

I am Mariana Ojeda, I am Ecuadorian and an English teacher at UTE university in Quito. I would like to tell you Professor Alex, you are very good at teaching English grammar. I take your videos as a support of my English lessons, making my students watching them and most of the times doing the feedback exercises you provide. Thank you very much for your help, you are my favorite teacher.

Sunday, August 5th 2012

wow. .. thank you Alex. . .
nex time, can you explain about modals?

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

I’m on the right track, at the right Site to learn English well

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

o tks really i understood the differencebut i woul like to know the negative form for ougth to and had better……..because i´m not sure if there is one ….

Friday, August 31st 2012

very useful lesson,i should again and again see this video,thanks alex.

Friday, September 14th 2012

Hello Alex! In my opinion this is a very interesting and important lesson.Thanks to you I undertand the differences between the three ways of give advices. Thank you :) Goodbye

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Hello ! Thank you for this lesson because I understand the differences between should, ought to and had better.It is a very useful and interesting lesson :D

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

i’ve understood more and more the use of giving advice. Congratulation! and thanks very very much!! ;)

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Thanks for your lesson, It is explained in a clear way

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Great Explanation

Friday, September 21st 2012

your lesson is good ,but there is a difference between should and ought to,so if there was not difference , they would not have such a formula

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

dear alex
thank you it is very good representation. ı want to ask about the negative form of sould and had better and difference between them.

Thursday, September 27th 2012

    The negative forms are:


    HAD BETTER NOT or YOU’D/HE’D/SHE’D BETTER NOT (in speaking…don’t say “hadn’t better”)

    Thursday, December 6th 2012

thank a lots,

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Hi Alex. Thank you so much for your lesson i can understand it and i know what is you said.

Saturday, October 13th 2012

thanks a lot sir alex

Wednesday, October 31st 2012

thank you very much teacher….

Friday, November 9th 2012

i like your accent
i can understand every thing you say

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Hey Alex, your manager should buy a sirene proof window to avoid that noise.

Congratulations!! You explain very well.Take care!

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

    We’re working on it! We’ve recently switched recording rooms to minimize outside noise. Before, we were right beside a window.

    Thursday, December 6th 2012

Thank you a lot Mr Alex , that’s good lesson for the modal form and how to use them . I’m benefited from that and i hope you make another lesson for the advanced levels :)

Friday, December 7th 2012

thankyou alex for teaching

Sunday, December 16th 2012

Hi! I don’t have to say your lessons are very good.Tks
What about would better is it the same as had better?
Could you give me an advice because I lack understanding the most, how can I improve my understanding? Especially if someone speaks quickly and not very clearly. Thanks.

Sunday, December 16th 2012

Hi Alex
thanks a lot for your help
i really understand from you

Monday, December 17th 2012

Alex, thanks :)

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

Thank you; Mr alex these videos are helping me a lot . Once again thank you very much.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

I don’t know how to thank you, master!
Again, thanks so much! I understood your explanation perfectly.

Saturday, February 9th 2013

Thank you so much Alex for sharing us about should, ought to and had better. Today I studied it but not sure. Anyway, I understand clearly more after I watched your teaching.

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

wow..tnx. tnx a lot

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Thanks Mr.Alex for every thing

Thursday, March 7th 2013

I would like to spend hours daily to milk the information up in engvid: the lessons and quiz are very instructive and practical. I do hope your web site can continue afterwards so that more and more people are benefited. English is a tool to world.
Is there any hint of ‘ past tense ‘ when we use s+ should + v or s+ had better + v ?
If it is possible , please arrange some lessons addressed to some sentences where different tenses used, e.g., You should tidy up your belongs which have been knocking around the floor in the rooms for years if you returned home earlier. Should I use return ( simple present ) here ?

Sunday, March 10th 2013

your lesson is very usefull. Thanks

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

I’m don’t understand

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013

Thank you very much.

Sunday, June 30th 2013

Thanks Alex!

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

I had better to thank you, Alex.

Thursday, September 19th 2013

thank you very much for your great job

Friday, October 4th 2013

hello please

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Thanks Alex .

Sunday, November 24th 2013

Thank you very much

Wednesday, November 27th 2013

Thank U so much Teacher Alex!
It was a very useful lesson.
God bless U :)
Regards from México.

Thursday, January 30th 2014

[…] https://www.engvid.com/ In this English lesson, I teach you how to give advice, using ‘should’, ‘ought to’, and ‘had better’. These are used differently and can mean different things, so learn about the differences here. Don’t forget to take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/give-advice-should-ought-to-had-better/ […]

Friday, April 4th 2014

bless you alex

Saturday, April 26th 2014

yes sir.i answered all of them.thank u Alex.

Monday, April 28th 2014

It is quite interesting where you are because I sometimes hear an ambulance during your lessons.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

thanks very much ..I want to ask you what is the diferent between have to > shoud to

Saturday, September 27th 2014

thank you Alex i want to ask you a question
can we ask questions with had better like this
had we better…………..?
if yes how can we answer it

Monday, September 29th 2014

Thanks Alex.

Friday, October 24th 2014

Thanks Alex,
I would like to check it with you thought that while you say “should”and “ought to” are the same, I have been using “ought to” as less strong than “should”.

Please say what you think.

Friday, November 7th 2014

Sorry, I meant “though”.

Friday, November 7th 2014

Thank you a lot ! everything was clear!

Thursday, December 4th 2014

Dear teacher,thank you very much for your help.
I have highly interest to speak English very well

Saturday, January 17th 2015


Sunday, January 18th 2015

Good explain.. Thanks..

Sunday, April 26th 2015

Hi, you are fabulous. Thank u so much.
I have problem with grammar, I hope to solve some day. and I’m sure my sentence has mistake.
I’m really disappointed, because I change from Canada to America I was thought in America I will learn more faster than any place but I was wrong cuz an institute so bad and I have been here 7 month ago.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

thank you very much Alex,it was so usefull for me.

Thursday, August 27th 2015

very good teacher…it helps me a lot

Thursday, March 31st 2016

just 4 questions :(

Thursday, April 7th 2016

Dear teacher! thank you very much for your English lessons. it really helps me.

Saturday, April 16th 2016

Can “Had better” be used in written form apart from spoken English??

Friday, June 24th 2016

i got 75 %

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

Thank you very much ,Mr.Alex. I had misunderstood these meaning. This lecture is most helpful to me. Thank you, sir.

Sunday, November 27th 2016

Thanks, Alex.

Wednesday, September 6th 2017

Thank you alot. Mr Alex

Monday, January 29th 2018


Friday, February 9th 2018


Sunday, February 25th 2018

We had better leave soon, ___ we?

(What kind of Tag question is better to put there?)

Monday, June 4th 2018

Thank you, Alex it’s an awesome lesson I have 100% correct I can’t believe how good this website helping me to improve my English lesson.

Friday, July 20th 2018

thank you but what about negative form ?

Monday, October 29th 2018

Thanks for lesson. But after lesson I have been considering. What with “Shall”? Or “be supposed to”.

Saturday, August 3rd 2019

Hi Alex! How’re you doing? Could you please explain the difference between “Shall we go to the cinema?” and “Should we go to the cinema?” ?

Wednesday, March 25th 2020

thanks body I will spet to do my IELTS EXAM EARLY…CHEERS

Friday, May 29th 2020

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