Exercise 7

Exercise 7 – Giving Advice

Grammar Exercise 7 is a review of certain phrases that can be used to give advice in English.

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The following phrases can be used in conversational English in order to give advice:

“if I were you”

“if I were in your shoes”

“if I were in your position”

“if I were in your situation”




In other words, the word “you” can be replaced by the phrases “in your shoes”, “in your position” or “in your situation”.

The phrases “in your position” or “in your situation” have a higher level of formality than “in your shoes”, which is considered quite informal.

The use of “were” with the first-person pronoun “I” in this way is known as the subjunctive.

Here are some examples:

If I were in your shoes, I would speak to the professor about the problem.

If I were in your position, I would speak to the professor about the problem.

If I were in your situation, I would speak to the professor about the problem.

You can also put the word “were” first in the sentence.

Here are some additional examples, showing how to construct the sentence by beginning with “Were”:

Were I you, I would speak to the professor about the problem.

Were I in your position, I would speak to the professor about the problem.

Were I in your situation, I would speak to the professor about the problem.



Exercise 7

Make grammatically correct sentences out of the words below. Note that the words are not in the correct order.

You should look at the examples above as you attempt the exercise.

(1) were / I / boss / you / I / mention / it / my / would / to / if

(2) I / study / would / I / in / position / your / more / were

(3) I / go / you / diet / I / would / on / were / a

(4) I / calm / your / were / I / would / if / in / down / shoes

(5) I / speak / situation / in / were / would / if / in / I / to / him / your

Answers

(1) If I were you, I would mention it to my boss.

(2) Were I in your position, I would study more.

(3) Were I you, I would go on a diet.

(4) If I were in your shoes, I would calm down.

(5) If I were in your situation, I would speak to him.

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