What is the difference between 'advise' and 'advice'?
The words advise and advice are often confused because they sound and look similar. Do you know the difference?
They are easy to tell apart because one is a noun and the other is a verb.
Advice is a noun that means an opinion recommended or offered, e.g. What advice can you offer me?
Advise is a verb that means to look at, watch; to see, e.g. What do you advise me to do?
A good way to remember the difference is to think that advice ends in -vice. A vice is a tool used to hold things. Imagine squeezing a friend who offers you some advice—you're holding them in your vice-like grip.
Advise also has a slightly different pronunciation. It ends with an -s sound. If you focus on the pronunciation of the two words, then it should be clear which spelling you need.
Out of the two words, advice is the most common. It appears about four times more frequently than advise.
Should I use I advise you to or I advice you to?
The correct expression is I advise you to. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.
Which is correct, would advise you to or would advice you to?
The right expression is would advise you to. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.
Should it be, I would advise you or I would advice you?
The right phrase is I would advise you. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.
Which is correct, advise you not to or advice you not to?
You should use advise you not to. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.
Should it be I would advise or I would advice?
The right phrase is I would advise. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.
Is the expression on the advice of or on the advise of?
The right phrase is on the advice of. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.
Is the phrase advice on how to or advise on how to?
The correct expression is advice on how to. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.
Some synonyms of advise are: send word, notify, apprise, talk over.
Some synonyms of advice are: proposal, guidance, recommendations.
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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.
Examples of advise in a sentence
You advise Command-Saigon!- The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
Could a Shrewd advise me We might e‘en divide— Should a Shrewd betray me—“Atropos” decide!- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
I'm going to advise you to let him set the pace, at least initially.- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
Walter said: “What will you advise Foreign Minister Zimmermann to do, Father?”- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
And I still advise you to get yourself a handgun, and be very, very careful who you trust.- Where Heaven Begins by Bittner
Examples of advice in a sentence
Sometimes, on the advice of his sumo, the emperor might also ask for erotic Japanese works;- Once on a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie
To see that my advice is good.”- The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum
You need to ask for advice when you need it, Laurel.- Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Dr. Allen wanted me to look into it, and I came out here to ask for advice."- RX for Chaos by Anvil, Christopher/ Flint, Eric (EDT)
That was advice she’d given him more than once on the court.- Cold Midnight by Joyce Lamb