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Grammar 101: Advice vs. Advise

by IELTS

There are many words in the English language that look or sound alike but mean very different things. It may be difficult to tell which is the correct one in a given context, so it’s not surprising that many misuse these words without realising it.

The good news is we have compiled some “confusing” words to enlighten you in our Grammar 101 series – which will examine commonly confusing words and define them for you!

This month we will look at two popular words that are often confused.

Grammar 101_ helping you differentiate between Advice vs. Advise

ADVICEADVISE
IT IS A NOUN

A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.
IT IS A VERB

A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.
DEFINITION

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

To give someone advice.
SYNONYMS

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

Counsel, recommend, caution, direct, encourage, instruct, preach, urge.
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.
IN A SENTENCE

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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