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Advice vs. Advise

advice-vs.-advise

It’s no wonder that advice and advise are often confused; they are used in similar contexts and separated by just one letter, but that letter signals important distinctions to keep in mind when using the terms. So what are the differences between the two?

Advise is a verb meaning “to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following.” Advice is a noun meaning “an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.” The -ice ending of advice is pronounced like “ice,” while the -ise ending of advise is pronounced like the “-ize” in “realize.”

Some of the confusion surrounding these terms may be attributable to the subtle spelling differences, particularly when it comes the use of c versus s, between British and American English. For instance, in British English, the words practice and practise are different parts of speech (noun and verb, respectively). Meanwhile, in American English, the word practice doubles as both a noun and a verb. While the absence of a second spelling might lead you to believe American English prefers the -ce ending, English speakers in the United States use defense and offense where the British use defence and offence. Thankfully, regardless of the variety of English you’re dealing with, advice is always a noun and advise is always a verb.

If you have trouble remembering the difference between the two, it might help to keep in mind that advice and advise operate much like device and devise. You devise a plan, but to do so, you might use a device. Similarly, if you advise a friend, you are giving her a piece of advice.

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83 Comments

  1. Bart -  July 21, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    Kind of like the difference between “prophecy”, a noun, and “prophesy”, a verb.

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  2. Nicky -  May 14, 2016 - 12:48 am

    I give advice and get advise

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    • Sichalwe -  July 11, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Good work done.

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    • Bart -  July 21, 2016 - 5:30 pm

      No, you get and give advice. You advise others. Advice is a noun, advise is a verb.

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  3. Akinola -  May 5, 2016 - 5:41 am

    @Jeanie u are a good teacher, ur explanation really help me,Tanks

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  4. Kalevala -  November 13, 2015 - 6:37 am

    If you mess up by using ‘advise’ instead of ‘advice’ – just say you were being poetic. ;-)

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  5. Marco -  November 6, 2015 - 4:40 am

    I don’t believe one can give “a bit” or “a piece” of advice. Advice is not portionable, so one either offers advice or doesn’t offer advice; but not a portion thereof. Please advise if I am incorrect.

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    • Keith -  December 30, 2015 - 10:14 pm

      You are right. It is not portionable. Therefore you can only give one piece of advice, or two pieces of advice, but not half piece of advice ;-)

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      • Richard -  March 25, 2016 - 2:03 pm

        Please be advised that you cannot have your piece of advice and eat it too. : )

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        • Levi -  April 4, 2016 - 8:16 pm

          hahaha

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  6. Yitong -  September 1, 2015 - 6:07 am

    It is like the distinction between proof and prove, with a smaller spelling difference

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  7. Sunil -  August 24, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    “Advice” is what you give when you “Advise.”

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    • joe -  August 25, 2015 - 7:21 pm

      *clap…clap…clap*

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    • Kim Kwan -  August 25, 2015 - 9:07 pm

      It is a great summary for the above article.

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    • Anchal -  January 21, 2016 - 12:44 am

      This was awesome

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  8. Shroyon Dasgupta -  August 6, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    Bravo! Explained in such simple words! Love this site! It gives me advise on which words to use and the advice given by this site is always good!

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    • Ayushenoy -  August 22, 2015 - 10:06 pm

      It should be ” Love this site! It gives me advice (noun) on which words to use….”

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    • J.R. Sanford -  August 24, 2015 - 5:45 pm

      I love this one…

      Real Eyes
      Realize
      Real Lies

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  9. Falak Naz -  July 30, 2015 - 3:56 am

    Well Explained.

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  10. SMurguia -  July 3, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    So clear and simple, yet so often misused. Thanks again!

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  11. Peggy Bass -  June 17, 2015 - 4:13 am

    I would love to join and improve my diction.

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  12. BigSoph -  June 16, 2015 - 9:08 am

    Easy to remember

    AdviCe is a Commodity
    AdviSe is a Service provided

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    • Falak Naz -  July 30, 2015 - 3:56 am

      (Y)

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    • Sheddz1 -  May 9, 2016 - 2:17 am

      Very interesting. I like this one too.

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  13. Amy -  June 15, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    I would ADVISE you to take my ADVICE.

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  14. jaalah montgomery -  June 14, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    advice is my answer

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  15. Ailyn -  June 13, 2015 - 10:23 pm

    Thanks. It helped a lot! advice and advise

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  16. Rauf İsaoğlu -  June 11, 2015 - 2:26 am

    ıt ıs a pleasure for me to receıve such troublesome words and phrases

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    • goldy -  June 14, 2015 - 11:07 am

      challenges are great

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  17. shumani -  June 11, 2015 - 1:39 am

    advise and advice, I don’t get the meaning

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    • Genevieve Gagne -  August 21, 2015 - 2:54 am

      try this: I would advise you to go to the hospital immediately. and, His advice made me think twice about how I was handling things. Dos this help?

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      • Genevieve -  August 21, 2015 - 2:59 am

        *Does

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  18. anessa -  June 10, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    I would use advice

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  19. Krimo -  June 8, 2015 - 4:35 pm

    Advise (eyes) is the verb. Can you advise me?
    Advice (ice) is the noun. I can give you a piece of advice.
    Simples

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    • Mustafa Can -  June 12, 2015 - 1:05 am

      It is too clear to understand. Thanks…

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    • Luz -  June 12, 2015 - 4:41 pm

      Joe’s advice is wise. Otherwise, seek legal advise.

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      • Steve -  August 25, 2015 - 8:28 pm

        “legal advice”

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  20. samantha -  June 7, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Great teaching guys maybe you can help me with my understanding vocabulary .

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    • Joseph -  June 9, 2015 - 7:49 am

      If cheese equals pi.. Than, what is microwave?

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      • Carrot -  June 10, 2015 - 12:20 pm

        *then
        *…

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  21. Abdul Shakoor tahir -  June 5, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Can the difference of the sounds of words make difference of the class of the words

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  22. Abdul Shakoor tahir -  June 5, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    It’s a good effort to make difference between advice and advise.

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    • Sushil Kumar Maratt -  June 12, 2015 - 2:58 am

      Ask a woman”s advise and what ever she advice, do the very reverse and you are sure to be wise. No offence meant to my lady friends and I am not a misogynist.

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      • Sally -  June 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

        Unless it’s part of the joke, the words advise and advice should be switched in your humorous, rhyming sentence. If it IS part of the joke, then a woman has already told you this.

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  23. Andrei -  June 5, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    Most of the e-mails, if I am expecting an answer from the person I am writing to, I end with “Please advise”.

    Is this OK?

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    • Dan McPeek -  June 9, 2015 - 9:10 pm

      Yes. Now, if you end with “Please, I desperately need your advice so please
      advise, have a beer, go to bed and start over tomorrow. :)

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  24. Nift de papa -  June 5, 2015 - 12:08 am

    Thanks Jeanie,u’ve helped understand the difference

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    • Anonymous -  June 9, 2015 - 8:34 pm

      You’ve**

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  25. NTAH RICHEPIN -  June 4, 2015 - 4:44 pm

    when i said i advised my friend to listen to advice. am i right?

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    • Fayyaz Rizvi -  June 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

      Yes its correct. But better to use my advice, wise advice. Like in this sentence “I advised my friend to always listen elder’s advice.”

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      • Ngozi -  June 6, 2015 - 10:33 am

        Yes it is correct.

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      • Anna -  June 13, 2015 - 1:34 am

        Fayyaz,

        “Like…..in this….”
        Perhaps it could have been written as, “As in this…….”

        May I ask why Gens X & Y use the word LIKE at any time in writing and speaking?

        So annoying, not to mention repetitive, repetitive, repetiitive…oh…like, so irritating like.

        Anna

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  26. rachzinka -  June 4, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    ????

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  27. Vlad -  June 4, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Here is an advice for the dictionary. com, provide more examples. Is it correct word? Please advise. :)

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    • salah -  June 5, 2015 - 11:16 am

      you can’t say an advice because the word advice is a non-count noun

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      • ULHAS -  June 8, 2015 - 5:53 am

        Fundamentals of English grammar must be understood first so that it will be easier to understand the difference between various parts of speech like noun, verb, pronoun and so on….!

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    • Anna -  June 13, 2015 - 1:36 am

      Vlad,
      Please advise.
      I would appreciate your advice on this matter.
      A

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  28. Pushap Handa -  June 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

    Confusion in English language (suffered most by the people who have English as their second language) is compounded by American English.
    In spite of its mind boggling inconsistencies, English is one of the most popular language in the world – Thanks to erstwhile British supremacy.

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    • Richard -  June 4, 2015 - 2:56 pm

      Actually, I think you’ll find that many of the differences are caused by British changes after 1800, while American English was more conservative (a result you see throughout history when one group splits from another- the splitting group usually preserves the older forms for upwards of two centuries). Having said that, there is no way you can say one dialect is superior to another. Certainly not in Great Britain, where as recently as 150 years ago neighboring shires spoke distinct dialects with many mutually unintelligible words. The British “standard pronunciation” is merely the most popular London dialect spread by way of radio broadcasts starting in the interwar period less than a hundred years ago.

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      • Grampa Wesley -  June 6, 2015 - 3:06 am

        Thank you for that. I appreciate the historical context. In my own lifetime, I’ve watched words either broaden or narrow in meaning, pronunciations change, etc. And grammar has taken a beating of late with mismatched plural and singular verb/noun combinations whenever a contraction is used. I wish they’d write a piece on that.

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  29. komalta -  June 4, 2015 - 7:13 am

    I want to subscribe to the word fact of the week

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  30. lawrence ug -  June 4, 2015 - 3:09 am

    when i say give me a piece of advise ,am i right?

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    • Barry-John -  June 4, 2015 - 10:44 am

      Nope, you really mean, give me a piece of advice, then he/she will be advising you, okies!!!

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    • ULHAS -  June 8, 2015 - 5:56 am

      You should learn the difference between the verb and the noun, so you will automatically understand the language with an ease.

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    • DictionaryGal -  June 9, 2015 - 7:49 am

      A piece of adviCe is correct.

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    • Elizabeth -  June 10, 2015 - 7:15 am

      No, it’s advice.

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  31. nice person -  June 3, 2015 - 8:33 pm

    A good way to remember it is: I advise you to listen to my advice.

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  32. Thomas -  June 3, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Give me a sort of advise. . . Is this correct?

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    • Subhi Saloom -  June 4, 2015 - 6:08 am

      Hi Thomas
      No it is not!!..advise is a verb while advice is a noun
      So you shoul write : Give me a sort of advice..

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      • BetterRed -  June 5, 2015 - 5:18 pm

        No, he shouldn’t say that either – ‘sort’ isn’t a countable noun.

        He should say “Give me some sort of advice” – better yet would be “Give me some advise.” Use of ‘some sort’ begs the question ‘What sort would you prefer – good advice or otherwise”.

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      • Billy Bob -  August 21, 2015 - 6:12 am

        heeelllo

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    • Ricky Forguson -  June 4, 2015 - 6:26 am

      I would advise you NOT to seek advice from this bunch!

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    • Aishwarya -  June 4, 2015 - 8:06 am

      No, it would be ‘give me a piece of advice’, because you ‘give’ people things (noun). ‘Advice’ is a noun, and ‘advise’ is a verb (to advise).

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  33. Anjali srivastava -  June 3, 2015 - 3:54 am

    Thanx a lot… I alwys get confused in using these two words…bt nw i understood the difference btwn these two to be used as a noun or verb.

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    • Kendy Nguyen -  June 3, 2015 - 8:45 pm

      i don’t quite understand, do u explain for me?

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      • Rukhsana -  June 4, 2015 - 9:59 am

        Advice is a noun.remember the last three letters”ice” which is a noun. Advise is a verb.for ex- You can advise someone or you can give advice to someone.

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      • Jeanie -  June 4, 2015 - 4:15 pm

        Hi Kendy. I wasn’t sure if your language translates the words “noun and “verb” correctly from the English meaning, so I’ll try and explain.

        Any word described as a noun will be a person, a place, or a thing. Advice is a “thing,” so it is a noun. Someone gives or takes advice.

        A verb, on the other hand, will show action. If I advise you how to best spend your money, I’m using an action (in this case, I’m telling you something.) I am giving (another verb, or action word) you some advice (a thing, so advice is a noun.) I hope this helps you understand the difference.

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        • pankaj srivastava -  June 13, 2015 - 7:44 pm

          Jeanie, you gave the perfect picture. Really appreciate. Are you an English teacher/master ?.
          Your example really helped me to understand this difference. I am very happy reading this post of yours and will never forget the same. Also this will help my office staff to use this word correctly in emails.

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        • Mhiz mcive -  August 30, 2016 - 3:39 am

          Thanks alot jeanie,it really help the confused me

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  34. anita deshwal -  June 2, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    Very useful

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    • hi -  June 7, 2015 - 1:45 am

      hi

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      • Nur -  June 8, 2015 - 11:48 pm

        At the end of my mail i always write “Please advice.” Is that correct?

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        • Sabyasachi Chaudhuri -  June 11, 2015 - 2:45 am

          If you want to use Advice then you should write ‘Please give some advice’. but if you want to write advise then you should write ‘Please advise’. So in this case your use is not correct.

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