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advise verb

to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation; to recommend something; to suggest the best course of action to someone
I would advise against suit at this stage.

Hi, my name is Angelique Vega and welcome to TransLegal's lesson of the week.

Today we're going to be discussing the difference between “advise” and “advice”.

They are amongst the most commonly misused words in English. Most people don't realize that there is a difference between “advice” with a 'C', and spelled as above and “advise” with an 'S'. It sounds a little bit like a ‘Z’ but it is spelled with an S. “Advice”, on top, is a noun. It's a recommendation. For example, here are some sentences:

"His advice was sound."
"I am seeking your advice."
"Take my advice."
"I turned down that job on your advice."

“Advise”, on the other hand, is a verb. It refers to the act of giving advice. So, for example:

"I would advise you to listen to your superiors."
"My lawyer has advised me to settle this matter out of court.”
"I would advise you to listen to your teachers."
"I am advising three students for their theses."

That is the difference between the two words.

Again, for non-native English speakers I urge you to particularly pay attention. It's a subtle difference when you hear the two words – “advise” sounds a bit like ‘Z’, spelled with an ‘S’. “Advice” is just the ‘C’. Those two differences sometimes are very subtle and when somebody is speaking English quite quickly you may not get it, but if it's written down make sure you know that “advice” is the noun and “advise” is the verb.

Thank you for today. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below in the comment box. Thank you.

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