You will find many problematic words in English language. To truly succeed in writing, you need to overcome these problems. Today, I want to discuss two very obvious words of English language. These two words are advise vs. advice. Almost every person, whether he is a native or non-native English speaker, came across with these two words. I am one of those persons who faced problem or got puzzled taking these two words i.e. advise or advice.
So, it can be my mission to completely describe these words to get out of the confusion between advice and advise.
Advise vs. Advice – What is the Difference, Definition & Meanings?
You can see that there is only one-letter difference between advise and advice. The usage of both of these words is different. The pronunciation, on the other side, is not similar too but most of the people pronounce these words exactly the same. Advice is pronounced with the sound –s at the end whereas advise is pronounced with the sound –z at the end.
The most important difference to notice is that ‘advise’ is used as a verb whereas ‘advice’ is used as a noun. So, verb and noun have two different situations to be used in sentences.
Advice = Noun + -s sound at the end
Advise = Verb + -z sound at the end
Now, I will let you know their definitions and some examples. After reading, you should not be confusing yourselves again.
Definition and examples of advise and advice:
Advice and advise are not interchangeable to each other. It means that both of these words have different meanings.
Advice: Advice is used as a noun and it is defined as ‘a guidance, direction or help given by someone for future action’. For instance, your mother always gives you advice for your better future.
Advice can be taken as a formal notice as well. Remember to pronounce advice with the ending –s i.e. like ‘ice’.
1. My friend gave me a sincere advice about loving others.
2. I took her advice and made my future bright.
3. Cheques and remittance advices were raised in alphabetical order. Reference –(Oxford Dictionaries)
Advise: Advise is used as a verb and it is defined as ‘an action to give instructions, recommendations or suggestions.’ Like advice, its purpose is also for the future sensible actions.
Advise is to give advice to someone.
Remember to pronounce advise with the ending –z i.e. like ‘wise’.
1. I advised him to pay his house rent on time.
2. We regret to advise you that your application was unsuccessful; the lawyer advised the court that his client wished to give evidence. -Reference (Oxford Dictionaries)
3. I am advising you to stop crying or else I will slap you.
Unlike advice, you can change advise by adding –s or –ing, when needed.
I hope that from the above explanation you have cleared yourselves from the confusion of advice and advise. Let us take a very small quiz to check you.
Use advice/advise in the following blanks and check whether the sentence will make sense or not:
1. I gave him an advise/advice for his business dealing.
2. Would you advise/advice him to go for a trip?
3. My friends went home advising/advicing my sister to be obedient.
*answers at the end.
Advise and advice are not interchangeable. Though their meanings are slightly same but their functions are different in sentences. Advice is a noun which is given by someone as a guidance or help. Advise, on the other hand, is a verb and it is defined as to give advice.
*Answers: 1. Advice. 2. Advise 3. Advising.