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The main difference between advice vs advise is that “advise” (with an S) is a verb, which means 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” (/ədˈvʌɪs/) and “advise” (/ədˈvʌɪz/) are words that sound alike or similar, they are often confused. Now, some tips on telling them apart.

Advice vs. Advise: the difference 


  • Is a noun: to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following. When spoken, it rhymes with 'ice' [s].


  • Is a verb: an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc. When spoken, it rhymes with 'realise' [z].

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. It is an uncountable noun so we often use 'piece' to say 'a piece of advice'.


  • The act of giving someone advice (recommending, advising, counselling).

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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