Hi

I have been asked to re-write the following set of instructions as a paragraph:

a)Avoid milk and milk products.

b)Make a decoction of 10 mint leaves in water.

c)Add a teaspoon of honey before drinking it at the bedtime.

d)Keep a cut onion by the side of the bed to inhale.

e)Eat the salad prepared from radish twice a day.

I have used 'has to be' in my sentences.Eg: A decoction of about ten mint leaves has to be taken in a cup of water.

My teacher has suggested me to use 'is to be/are to be' because 'has to be' sounds as if you are ordering the person and is impolite.

Is 'has to be' wrong here? Please advise me.

Regards,

Prajwal
prajwalkrI have used 'has to be' in my sentences.Eg: A decoction of about ten mint leaves has to be taken in a cup of water.
My teacher has suggested me to use 'is to be/are to be' because 'has to be' sounds as if you are ordering the person and is impolite.
Is 'has to be' wrong here? Please advise me.
It is not wrong.

However, your teacher is right that "has to" is more of a command than a suggestion. It is not impolite, unless you are ordering your prime minister or your respected grandmother to do something. Emotion: smile

This has a tone of recommentation or suggestion:

A decoction of about ten mint leaves should be taken in a cup of water.
Thank you very much, AlpeheccaStars.

A small thought came to my mind while I was thanking you. Would you mind giving your views on this:

What difference does it make if I say 'thank you' and 'thanks'?

Regards,

Prajwal
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prajwalkrWhat difference does it make if I say 'thank you' and 'thanks'?
Thank you is formal.

Thanks is informal.
First of all, avoid milk and milk products entirely. Prepare a salad made with radishes and eat it twice daily. At bedtime, prepare a decoction of 10 mint leaves in water, and add a teaspoon of honey to this before drinking it. In addition, keep a cut onion by the bedside to inhale, if necessary.