Advice is a recommendation or guidance that is given to help someone or an organization in something they plan on doing in the future. Advice can be given about anything and it can come from anyone.
The person giving advice may know what they’re talking about, they may not. The advice may be solicited (asked for), or given without someone saying they want it.
There are many collocations with advice, here are some of the most popular.
1. Constructive advice
refers to advice that may be a little negative but is given with the purpose of helping someone or something become better. With constructive advice someone is trying to help, by pointing out flaws or something that can be improved.
- I am going to give you some constructive advice about your presentation.
- Can I give you some constructive advice?
2. Excellent advice / Good advice
means that someone has given a suggestion that made a positive impact, or could make a positive impact. It does not mean that the advice was positive, it means that the effect or potential affect is positive. More likely than not the advice was a suggestion that something should be done differently.
- I really appreciate the excellent advice that James gave at the meeting, it’s already made a huge advice.
- I tend to not listen to what she says, she doesn’t give very good advice.
3. Practical advice
refers to advice or guidance that is given that someone can actually use. When advice is practical that means it is actionable and can be put into place relatively soon.
- After hearing all of that theory, it’s nice to get some practical advice.
- In todays mentoring session, I hope to get some practical advice from my professor.
4. Give advice
means to share your thoughts on a subject with someone.
- I would like to give you some advice.
- You give good advice.
5. Sensible advice / Sound advice
refers to someone suggesting something that is reasonable. It’s advice that is meant to be helpful. It’s kind of like the advice your mom would give you. It’s meant to be what will help you in the moment. It’s usually trying to solve a big picture problem, or give big picture advice for the future.
- My mom always gives me sensible advice about my career.
- The company is running smoothly right now, but I’d like some sensible advice on how we can meet our mission moving forward.
- Thank you for the sound advice you gave me about my relationship last night.
- I always go to my best friend for sound advice.
6. Conflicting advice
means that a person or an organization is getting advice from more than one source, and that advice is different. One side is telling you to do one thing, and the other side is telling you to do something else.
- I’m not sure what to do, I’m getting conflicting advice from my best people.
- I like getting different people’s opinions, but sometimes it results in conflicting advice.
7. Get advice
means to receive advice from someone. In this case one may have asked for the advice or it may just be given unsolicited (without asking).
- I’m tired of getting advice that I didn’t ask for.
- I’d like to get some advice.
8. Impartial advice
means that the advice that is being given is equal and unbiased. That means that they do not pick a side. The person giving the advice is not trying to get something out of it. They are looking at the best situation for everyone.
- The mediator will give us impartial advice.
- We need to get impartial advice, and I don’t think I am getting that from you.
9. Expert advice
refers to guidance coming from someone who is an authority on the situation that the advice is being give on. For example if someone is looking for computer advice, they may go to someone who works with computers all the time. It’s like getting advice from the Apple store.
- This problem is beyond me, we need some expert advice at this point.
- Can we handle this on our own, or do we need expert advice?
10. Bit of advice / piece of advice
refers to a small amount of guidance, or someone’s “two cents”. This is usually given casually, and it is quick advice that happens one time. This could be advice asked for, or just given.
- Let me give you a quick piece of advice.
- Can I get a bit of advice from you.
11. Seek advice
means that someone or an organization is wanting to get some guidance on an issue. When someone is seeking advice they are going out of their way to ask someone for help or guidance.
- I am seeking some advice about how I should proceed with this situation.
- I’m not seeking advice right now, I think I know what I want to do.