Little Book of Confusables

Advise vs Advice: top tips to remember the difference

ADVISE vs ADVICE: do you know the difference?

ADVISE and ADVICE are easy to confuse. The fact that they look so similar trips people up time and time again.

Here are my simple tips to remember the difference between ADVISE and ADVICE.

ADVISE is a verb that means suggest, encourage or tell someone to do something.

“I ADVISE you to learn the difference between ADVISE and ADVICE.”

ADVICE is a noun.

The best way to remember this is that it ends with ICE, which is also a noun:

“That’s good ADVICE.”

Understanding the difference between the ISE and ICE endings can help you to remember the spellings of other similar word pairs.

Think DEVISE (verb) and DEVICE (noun), or PRACTISE (verb) and PRACTICE (noun).

(Note that the latter applies to the British English spelling only – US English has its own rules.)

Confusables adverse vs averse. Language and spelling tips from copywriter Sarah Townsend Editorial

Confusables adverse vs averse. Language and spelling tips from copywriter Sarah Townsend Editorial