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  • This is everyday grammar.

  • I'm Alice Bryant, and these days I eat almost all of my meals at home.

  • So I cook more and I have, ah, lot of leftovers.

  • Sometimes the leftovers stay in the fridge too long.

  • This morning, for example, I was reaching for a container of oatmeal when my sister said I wouldn't eat that if I were you.

  • It's been sitting in the fridge for more than a week.

  • She was advising that I avoid the food because it was probably spoiled.

  • There are a few kinds of warnings in English.

  • Some give direct commands, while others give indirect advice against doing something.

  • Today we will look at one indirect warning.

  • I wouldn't if I were you.

  • That's the one my sister used.

  • It's a common way to indirectly tell someone not to do something.

  • Sometimes we shorten the phrase by removing the if clause like this, for example, I wouldn't work there.

  • I've heard bad things about the place.

  • Other times in response to someone, we omit the action from the middle of the phrase like this.

  • I was thinking of going to the beach this weekend.

  • I wouldn't if I were you.

  • It'll be crowded.

  • Now you try it.

  • Warn someone against doing something, using the phrase I wouldn't if I were you.

  • I'll go first.

  • I wouldn't miss the next grammar lesson if I were you, and that's everyday grammar.

This is everyday grammar.

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Everyday Grammar: Qualities: I Wouldn’t…If I Were You

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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