And are they natural? In what situation will you use it?

  1. Why not google it?
  2. Why don't you google it?
  3. I think you can google it.
  4. You'd better google it.
  5. I'd google it if I were you.

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    The problem isn’t the wording, it’s the sentiment. “Go use a search engine (and stop bothering us) isn’t helpful. You could make it less patronizing by making it more helpful. For example, suggest terms they could search for, or ask them why searching Google didn’t help them. – ColleenV Sep 14 at 13:28
  • Thank you, ColleenV. Does it mean it'll always sound rude unless giving him practical suggestions? – Hinoon Sep 14 at 13:36
  • It’s a matter of opinion and context whether it will be perceived by someone as rude. It’s always better to be as helpful as possible though, don’t you agree? Let’s wait to see if someone writes a proper answer. I’m at work so I can’t right this moment. – ColleenV Sep 14 at 13:39
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Since you're telling the person that they should really do now what they should have done already, the advice is always going to sound a little patronizing or critical, unless you suggest that a Google search might not yield helpful results (perhaps because the search terms are very broad, say, or the topic is very recondite):

You could try to Google it.

Emphasis on try not on could. If you put the emphasis on could, the tone is sarcastic.

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