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【DSE英文作文句式】英文建議信

Useful Phrases for writing Letter of Advice

So we’ve already learnt what a letter of advice is (an informal letter to a friend giving specific advice about their problems) and how to write one.  We’ve also had a look at the grammar we need to write one convincingly.  This grammar includes the modal verbs ‘should’ and ‘must’, as well as features of informal language such as contractions and some conversational vocabulary.

 

Now we need to take a look at some useful phrases that we might be able to parachute into our essays.  In this lesson, it’s best to try and memorise as many phrases as you can – you’ll need them to answer the questions that follow.  

 

On your marks, get set, go.  

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice OPENING

  • I hope this letter finds you well
  • I hope you’re doing OK
  • It was great to hear from you
  • We really shouldn’t have left it so long, should we?
  • It’s been so long since we were last in touch – let’s not leave it so long next time.
  • I was happy to get your letter a few days ago – it’s just a shame you seem to be having some problems / this problem

Are the following sentences correct or incorrect?  You decide!  

 

CORRECT INCORRECT
I hope this letter finds you well
We really should have left it so long, shouldn’t we?
I was happy to get your letter a few days ago – it’s just shame you seem to be having some problems
I hope you’re doing OK
It was great to here from you

 

Use a word from the expressions above to fill in the opening to the letter below:

 

Dear Joshua,

 

I hope this letter _________________ you well.  We really shouldn’t have left it so _________________, should we?  I was happy to get your letter a few days ago – it’s just a _________________ that you seem to be having some problems.  I’ll try my best to help you if I can.

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice SHOWING YOU UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION

  • I can totally understand where you’re coming from!  
  • I have to say that I’ve never been in your situation so I’m not exactly sure how to advise you.  However, I’ll give it a go!
  • You know that I’ve been in a situation very similar to yours, so let me share with you some things I learnt from my experience.
  • It does seem like you’re in a difficult situation
  • I was sad to hear that you are experiencing problems
  • As far as I can tell, the problem is that your relationship lacks trust
  • It seems to me that the problem lies in the fact that you haven’t considered the alternatives thoroughly enough.
  • It does appear that you are in a difficult situation
  • I was distressed to learn that you are experiencing financial difficulties
  • If I’ve understood your problem correctly, you are having problems with your school work.

Are the following sentences correct or not?  You decide!

 

CORRECT INCORRECT
I can totally know where you’re coming from
As far as I can told, the problem is that your relationship lacks trust
If I’ve understood your problem correctly, you are having problems with your school work
I was sad to hear your experiencing problems
You know that I’ve been in a situation very similar than yours, so let me share with you some things I’ve learnt from my experience
It does seem like you’re in a difficult situation
I have to say that I’ve never been in your situation so I’m not exactly sure how to advise you.  However, I’ll give it a go!
If I were you, I’ll talk to my girlfriend to tell her how I was feeling.

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice:

Use a word from the expressions above to fill in the letters below:

  • Let me say first of all that I can totally _________________ your problem.  I know it’s difficult when you have a lot of work to do and life becomes very stressful.  You know that I’ve been in a _________________ very similar to yours, so let me share with you some things I learnt from my _________________.


  • I was sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having in your relationship. As far as I can _________________, the problem is that your relationship lacks trust.  I have to say that I’ve never been in your situation so I’m not exactly sure how to _________________ you.  However, I’ll give it a _________________!


  • I was sad to hear that you are _________________ problems.  It does seem like you’re in a _________________ situation, but I’ll do my best to help you.

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice: GIVING ADVICE

  • I think the first thing you need to do is think about what your passion is
  • I think the best thing you can do is 
  • I wouldn’t worry about university
  • It might be worth thinking about x  but in the meantime, I think you should do y.
  • I suppose the best advice that I can give you is to talk to x
  • The way I see it is that you have two choices: either you can do x or you can do y.
  • Why don’t you try talking to him?
  • If I were you, I’d talk to my girlfriend to tell her how I was feeling.  Have you thought about asking her how she feels?  
  • It’d be handy if you could get hold of some books about this issue.  If I were in your shoes I’d ask the librarian to recommend something.  
  • You should spend more time on your school work.  How about devoting three hours per evening to doing homework.  
  • If you ask me, one of the best courses of action you could take is to stop taking drugs immediately.
  • Have you thought about spending more time with your family?

Are the following sentences correct or not?  You decide!

 

CORRECT INCORRECT
Why don’t you try talk to him?
Have you thought about spending more time with your family?
If I were you, I’d talk to my girlfriend to tell her how I was feeling.  Have you thought about ask her how she feels?  
You should spend more time on your school work.  How about devoting three hours per evening to doing homework.  
The way I see it is that you have two choices: either you can do x and you can do y.
I wouldn’t to worry about university
I suppose the best advice that I can give you is to talk to x

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice: Use a word from the expressions above to fill in the letters below:

 

  • When it comes to choosing a future job, I think the first thing you need to do is think about what your _________________ is.  If you really want to be a dentist, then of course you should invest in your science education now.  But if you want to be an English teacher, it’s worth spending much more time on learning English.  I wouldn’t _________________ about university just yet – the most important thing is to concentrate on your studies.  It’d be handy if you could get _________________ of some books about these careers.  If I were in your _________________ I’d ask the career’s advisor to recommend something.

  

  • I know that you’re finding school difficult at the moment but I do think that you should spend more time on your school work.  How about _________________ three hours per evening to doing homework.  If you _________________ me, one of the best _________________ of action you could take is to join a study group who can encourage you to study even when you don’t feel like it.

 

  • I know you’ve got a bit of dilemma on your hands.  It might be _________________ thinking about applying for internships  but in the _________________, I think you should concentrate on your studies.  Have you _________________ about asking a university student to give you some tutorial lessons to help you with your studies?

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice: ENDING

  • I hope this advice has been useful to you
  • I think the best thing is not to worry
  • Feel free to contact me again if you need someone to talk to
  • Do let me know how it all pans out
  • Let’s be in touch soon

Are the following sentences correct or not?  You decide!

 

CORRECT INCORRECT
I hope this advise has been useful to you
I think the best thing is don’t worry
Feel free to contact me again if you need someone to talk 
Do let me know how it all pans out
Let us be in touch soon

 

【DSE英文作文句式】Letter of Advice:

Use a word from the expressions above to fill in the closing to the letters below:

  • I hope this _________________ has been useful to you.  Do feel _________________ to contact me again if you need someone to talk to.  


  • I hope that my advice has been helpful to you.   Do let me know how it all _________________ out.  Let’s be in _________________ soon.

 

Fill in the gaps in the following letter of advice with one of the following expressions:  

 

  • where you’re coming from
  • Have you thought about asking
  • you have two choices: either you can
  • I hope this advice
  • if you ask me
  • the best thing you can do
  • how it all pans out
  • We really shouldn’t have left it
  • If I were you
  • it’s just a shame
  • learnt from my experience

 

Dear Isaac,

 

__________________________________ to hear from you.  __________________________________ so long, should we?  I was happy to get your letter a few days ago – __________________________________you seem to be having a problem with your basketball coach.  I know it’s annoying when you are a talented player and the coach still does not pick you for the first team.  In fact, I was in a similar situation myself a few years ago when I was on my school football team so I can totally understand __________________________________!  I can’t claim to have all the answers to your problem, but let me share with you some things __________________________________.

 

I think __________________________________is talk to your coach directly.  I know that it can be difficult in our culture to stand up to authority figures, but if you really are getting depressed about that fact that you think the coach is treating you unfairly, then you have to say so.  This is your future on the line.  It could be that the coach doesn’t realise that he is unfairly penalising you, in which case he will be glad you brought the matter to his attention.  Anyway, the way I see it is that __________________________________ talk to the coach or you can suffer in silence.  But the second option is going to cause more pain in the long run, I think.  

 

__________________________________, I’d talk to my teammates to see if they have noticed anything similar to what you have been experiencing.  __________________________________ them if they have observed anything similar to you, or if any of them are experiencing similar problems?  This isn’t something you need to bring up before the whole team, but you could consider taking one or two of them aside and asking them what they think and if they have any advice for you.  Obviously, they know the coach better than I do, so they will be able to advise you better than I can.  

 

Finally __________________________________, one of the best courses of action you could take is to keep records of your successes and the coach’s team selections.  That way, you will be able to present evidence to the coach about the times he’s left you off the team, even when you know you have been a competent player.   

 

Anyway, __________________________________has been useful to you.  Don’t worry too much about it and do let me know __________________________________.  

 

Best wishes,

 

Jimmy



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