The words "advice" and "advise" can sometimes be confused. They have different meanings and are different parts of speech, but there is a relationship between their usage. There's also just one letter different in their spelling, so it's easy to see how using the wrong one in your writing can be a common mistake. How can you easily tell the difference between advice and advise?
The word advice is a noun. It means an opinion or recommendation that is offered as a course of action. Advice is pronounced with an ending sounding like "ice."
The word advise is used as a verb. It means to offer an opinion or suggestion, or formally provide information. Advise is pronounced with an ending sounding like "ize."
As these similarly meaning words are different parts of speech, the easiest way to tell the difference is to see some examples of advice and advise used in sentences:
- You've done this before, please give me your advice.
- I need your advice on which car to buy.
- Her father gave them sound financial advice.
- She took my interview advice on board and got the job.
- Always get home improvement advice from an expert.
- What advice do you have for the first day of college?
- She always gives me advice on my relationships.
- My mom's advice was to always follow your dreams.
- He knows nothing about fashion, I never ask for his advice.
- Let me give you some advice, stay away from the edge of the cliff.
Advise is a verb, therefore, you will find it with the subject of the sentence performing the action of advising:
- I have to go to court and I need you to advise me in this matter.
- Please advise me on what to do when filling in this application.
- The teacher will advise the students of the risks before going on the field trip.
- I advise you to leave the bar before a fight breaks out.
- She had to advise the new staff on school safety procedures.
- If this is wrong, please advise me on the correct way to do it.
- I will advise the customer that the bill is past due.
- The young couple asked the realtor to advise them on which house to buy.
- If you ask, the boss will advise you on the best way to get it done.
- The doctor strongly advised him to quit smoking.
When the issue of advice vs. advise comes up a quick and easy tip to remember is that advise means to give advice. Some other tips to keep in mind regarding advice and advise are:
- Advice is the information or an opinion that you give or receive.
- Advise is what you do when you instruct or notify.
- If you need guidance, ask someone for advice on a matter.
- If you can give guidance, advise someone on a matter.
Once you know which part of speech you need to use in a sentence, deciding on the correct word is quite simple. End the confusion by remembering that you always use advice as a noun and advise as a verb (just like with license and licence in British English). Now, the only question left to answer is: Is advisor or adviser the correct spelling for someone who gives advice?