When do I use the correct word in a sentence?
Let’s start with the definitions of each term. The meaning according to Merriam Webster,
- advice – (noun) recommendation regarding a decision or course of conduct
- advise – (verb) to give advice to; to give information or notice to
A common mistake is using ‘advise’ as a noun, while ‘advice’ is used as a verb. The use of these words is not interchangeable.
WRONG: I need your advise.
CORRECT: I need your advice.
WRONG: Please advice me.
CORRECT: Please advise me.
Unfortunately there is no clear trick to distinguish when to use which word. Your only option is to remember that one is a noun while the other is a verb. Below are some more examples of the correct usage of the words ‘advice’ and ‘advise.’
Usage as a noun:
“She offered me an excellent advice.”
“Can you think of any advice to offer our visitors?”
“Could you give me some advice?”
Usage as a verb:
“I advise you not to jump in the pool.”
“Can you advise me about my performance.”
“Would you advise me on the perils of smoking?”
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