Little Book of Confusables

Practice vs practise: spelling tips to help you remember

PRACTICE and PRACTISE are easy to confuse. The fact that both words sound the same trips people up time and time again.

Here are my simple tips to remember the difference between PRACTICE and PRACTISE.

(Important note: these tips don’t apply if you’re writing in US English, where both the noun and the verb are spelled PRACTICE.)

PRACTICE is a noun.

This is easy to learn when you remember that ICE is a noun.

“Mastery of any skill comes from plenty of practice.”
“I have a meeting at my accountant’s practice.”


Bonus tip

If you know the trick for PRACTICE vs PRACTISE – remembering that ICE is a noun – you can apply the same C vs S spelling rule to other word pairs, like ADVICE and ADVISE or DEVICE and DEVISE.


PRACTISE is a verb. Use it like this:

“Have you remembered to practise your piano?”
“It’s a good idea to practise your spelling.”

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PRACTICE vs PRACTISE spelling tips to remember the difference

PRACTICE vs PRACTISE spelling tips to remember the difference

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