Writing to advise

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  • When we are Writing to Advise
  • then we need to use the
  • reminder :
  • A G O N Y A U N T
  • An ‘Agony Aunt’ is the slang name for
  • someone who writes an advice column for
  • newspapers and magazines. Readers write
  • in with their problems and the ‘Agony Aunt’
  • advises them on their best course of action
  • (what they should do to solve their problem).
  • Help, I need advice!


  • We always need to think about the
  • person to whom we are writing.
  • This helps us to choose solutions
  • suitable for them.
  • For example if we are replying to
  • teenagers, we will try and
  • think of solutions to their
  • problems that they will
  • feel comfortable with.

is for Giving Good reasons to follow your advice

  • It will help you here to use
  • Modal Verbs
  • Always explain your advice.
  • Eg. If you could try and not be
  • so jealous, then maybe your
  • girlfriend would forgive you.

Is for being OBJECTIVE

  • Being OBJECTIVE means that
  • you are able to consider a situation
  • from everyone’s point of view and
  • not take sides. This helps you to
  • give fair and balanced advice.

Is for NEW paragraphs for NEW topics

  • Always remember to start a NEW PARAGRAPH if you start a new topic.
  • Eg. I advise you to try talking this through.
  • (New topic, so start new paragraph by leaving a clear space)
  • Another approach you could try is to ask a mutual friend to talk to her first.

Is for YOU

  • Use the personal pronoun YOU, often in your writing to advise. This will
  • make the reader feel as
  • if you are putting them
  • and their problems
  • first.


  • When giving advice, we
  • must sound as if we know
  • what we are talking about.
  • We must sound as if we are
  • an AUTHORITY on the
  • subject.
  • Authority =
  • Expert


  • It is important to always try to understand the
  • problem that the reader is experiencing.
  • This will help the reader to feel he is not struggling on his own.
  • Use sentence starters such as ,
  • I understand how you feel….
  • Or
  • You are not alone…….


  • In ‘Writing to Advise’, remember that
  • someone is relying on you to encourage and
  • support them. Never be negative when
  • advising people. Try and make them feel like No. 1!

Is for TONE

  • TONE is very important. It will
  • decide whether you use FORMAL
  • or INFORMAL language in your
  • writing. It will also help you decide what vocabulary to use. When writing to advise use friendly, supportive,
  • kind words to give
  • advice.


  • A – Audience –choose formal or informal language
  • G – Give Good reasons for following your advice
  • O – Objective viewpoint – Don’t take sides
  • N - New paragraphs for new ideas
  • Y – You – using personal pronouns makes the
  • reader feel you are interested in him
  • A – Authority – pretend to be an expert on problems
  • U – Understanding – Show you understand the reader’s
  • situation
  • N – Never be Negative – Make the read feel like No. 1!
  • T – Tone – use the right tone, friendly and supportive

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