Grammar 101: Advice vs. Advise

by IELTS Australasia — August 7th, 2017

Advice vs. advice: Two words that can cause some confusion and it’s well worth to spend a few minutes to know the difference between the two.

Because “advice” and “advise” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Some tips on telling them apart.

Click each topic to learn more about the differences between its and it’s.

Advice vs. Advise: the difference
Advice

Is a noun: A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.

Advise

Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.

Advice vs. Advise: the definitions
Advice

An opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation.

Advise

To give someone advice.

Advice vs. Advise: the synonyms
Advice

Information, consultation, guidance, instruction, encouragement, suggestion, tip.

Advise

Counsel, recommend, caution, direct, encourage, instruct, preach, urge.

Advice vs. Advise: in a sentence
Advice
  • It is best to get legal advice from your lawyer before you take any legal action.
  • The blog gives good advice for first home buyers.
  • My guidance counsellor gave me great advice when I was trying to decide if I should further my education after high school.
  • We bought the house on our real estate manager’s advice.
Advise
  • Mary advised me to stop taking the medicine as it does more harm than good.
  • Please advise her to stop smoking as she refuses to listen to me.
  • My teacher advised us to revise our subjects regularly.
  • I advise my customers to sample the cookies before they buy them.

Reference: Cambridge Dictionary