Advice and Advise

Commonly Confused Words

advice and advise
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Keep in mind that the words advice and advise have similar meanings but are different parts of speech

Definitions

The noun advice means guidance or recommendation regarding a course of conduct (as in, "Your friend gave you bad advice") .

The verb advise means to caution, recommend, or counsel ("Let me advise you . . .").

Also see: Commonly Confused Words: Device and Devise.

Examples

  • "Here's some advice. Stay alive,” says Haymitch, and then bursts out laughing."
    (Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games. Scholastic, 2009)
     
  • "Even the children had collected paper, and at the advice of elders who remembered World War I, balled the tin foil from cigarettes and chewing gum into balls as big as your head."
    (Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name. Random House, 1974) 
     
  • “For reasons that I can't reveal, I advise you to maroon Zhark on an uninhabited planet rather than expose him to the humiliation of a public execution.” 
    (Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten. Viking Penguin, 2004)
     
  • "I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it." 
    (Attributed to President Harry Truman)

 

Idiom Alert

Free Advice
The expression free advice means a suggestion or an opinion that wasn't asked for.
"I am reading up on new babies and I have some free advice: Do NOT hug that grandbaby too much. It isn't good for her."
(Deborah Wiles, Love, Ruby Lavender. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2005)
 

Practice


(a) _____ after injury is like medicine after death.

(b) I _____ you to mind your own business.

Answers to Practice Exercises

Glossary of Usage: Index of Commonly Confused Words

Answers to Practice Exercises: Advice and Advise

(a) Advice after injury is like medicine after death.

(b) I advise you to mind your own business.

Glossary of Usage: Index of Commonly Confused Words