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Letters Giving Advice

Letters Giving Advice

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LETTERS GIVING ADVICE
PARAGRAPH
1
:
BRIEFLY EXPLAIN THE REASON FOR WRITING ANDOFFER 
 ADVICE.
 
Dear sir/madam,I read your letter: 1) to Samantha2) in the advice column
 A:
I know just how you feel (because I was in the same/a similar position afew years ago).Or
B:
It sounds as if you have/your friend has a serious problem.So I thought that I would write and give you
o
 A few suggestions
o
 A few tips on how to…
o
Some advice
PARAGRAPH 2:
GIVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND ADVICE. You should use links to put your ideas in order: first of all, what’s more, apartfrom that, another idea is to…, also, last but not least.Don’t forget to use links for alternative ideas: alternatively you can…, if youcan’t afford to…, if it isn’t possible for you to…, if you don’t fancy(+ing), if thatdoesn’t work then… You may prefer to what he/she said in the letter:
o
 You said/mentioned that…
o
 You were wondering how to…
o
Tail questions: -You want to get a job, don’t you?If you want to give your opinion say:
o
If you ask me, I think that…
o
In my view 
o
In my opinion
o
It seems to me that…
a
 
Use these expressions for advice:
o
 You should
o
I suggest that you should
o
Have you thought about+ing
o
Have you tried+ing
o
If I were you, I would…
o
If I were in your shoes, I would…
o
How/what about…(+ing)?
o
 Why don’t you…?
o
 As a last resort, you can always… You can also use imperatives to give suggestions:
o
Don’t forget that your parents love you.
o
Try looking at it from your parents’ point of view.
o
Have a word with your teachers.Try to justify your advice and make comments:e.g. if I were you, I would talk to my teachers because:
o
In this way you can get extra help
o
To tell you the truth, they care about you
o
It’s a big decision, you know 
o
I bet they can help you
PARAGRAPH 3:
BRIEFLY CLOSE THE LETTER WITH A FINAL PIECE OF ADVICE AND/OR SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
o
 Well, I hope my suggestion have helped you
o
 Well, I hope I’ve given you some food for thought
o
 Well, I hope you get your wish
o
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry 
o
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day 
o
Remember, every cloud has a silver lining
o
Good luck and keep your chin up
USEFUL VOCABULARY 
o
Have a word with sb Allow you to…
o
Have a chat with sb Permit you to…
o
Talk it over with sb Let you…
o
Tell your friend/parents, etc. Ask your teacher for advice
o
Let your friend know that… Consult your teacher
o
Inform the police Find out about…
o
Persuade your parents to… Make enquiries about…
o
Convince your parents to… I sympathize with you
o
Make your parents see/realize that… I’m on your side
o
Show them that… It will do you good
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