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Difference Between Advise and Advice

Advise vs Advice

The two words advise and advice look almost similar, but it is interesting to note that in British English, the word ‘advice’ is used as a noun whereas the word ‘advise’ is used as a verb but there is not much of a difference between the two words in American English.

Look at the two sentences in British English, ‘The advice given by Robert was very useful’ and ‘John advised the bowler to use the seam well’. The first sentence the word ‘advice’ is used as a noun. In the second sentence the word ‘advise’ is used as a verb. John has asked the bowler to use the seam well so that he can grab a few wickets in the cricket match.

The two words have difference between them when it comes to pronunciation too. The ‘c’ in the word ‘advice’ should be pronounced like the‘s’ in words such as ‘sip’ and ‘sit’. The ‘s’ in the word ‘advise’ should be pronounced like the ‘z’ in words such as ‘zero’ and ‘zip’.

It is quite interesting to note that there is not much of a difference between the two words in American English. It is important to note that the word ‘advice’ is used more often than the word ‘advise’ in everyday life. The word ‘advice’ can be used when you are seeking the opinion of others or when you are giving a recommendation to someone.

The word ‘advise’ is used sparingly on the contrary. You would still find its use especially in the business circle. Observe the usage of the word ‘advise’ in the sentence, ‘please advise me as to how to proceed in this matter’. Similarly observe the usage of the two words in the two sentences, ‘I would advise you to go to bed late tonight’ and ‘I am happy he took my advice’. In short it can be said that both the words give the meaning of ‘counseling’.


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