Infinitive Complements | Suggestions

Neil isn’t feeling very well and seeks advice from Ella.

Neil: Oh, Ella, I don't feel well. I think I’m coming down with something.

Ella: Oh. I'm sorry to hear that Neil. What’s wrong?

Neil: Well my throat hurts and I ache all over. I’m sure I have a fever.

Ella: Hmm. Well, It’s a good idea to get some rest and I think you should probably see a doctor.

Neil: Sleep is OK but I hate doctors.

Ella: That’s just silly but if you aren’t going to see one, it’s probably best to take some paracetamol. Oh and it isn’t a good idea to drink any beer.

Neil: Yeah, I know. I don’t feel like any right now anyway. OK, I’m off to bed.

Ella: OK, get well soon.

Neil: Thanks.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We can use give opinions and suggestions using the following grammar structure:
It (be) adjective infinitive
It is best to leave early.
It is hard to save money
It would be bad to skip the meeting

Point 2: We use this structure to give advice with a similar meaning to 'should'.
  1. It’s a good idea to go home. (You should go home).
  2. It’s not suitable to wear shorts. (You shouldn’t wear shorts).
Point 3: Note the negative infinitive.
  1. It’s best not to see him until he is cured.
  2. It’s important not to drink alcohol.
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