Grammar 101: Advice vs. Advise

by IDP IELTS — August 7th, 2017

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

So, the main difference between advice vs advise is that advise” (with an S) is a verb that to recommend, or to give information to someone. On the other hand, advice” (with a C) is a noun: an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action. Read below how you can use them in a sentence.

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

Click each topic to learn more about the differences between advice and advise.

Advice vs. Advise: the difference

Is a noun: to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following.


Is a verb: an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.

Advice vs. Advise: the definitions

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


To give someone advice.

Advice vs. Advise: the synonyms

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


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

Advice vs. Advise: in a sentence
  • 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.
  • 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

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