Advice vs. advise

Advice is a noun meaning information about what could or should be done. Advise is only a verb. It means to give advice. The distinction applies in all varieties of English. The words are never interchangeable.


The words are often mixed up—for example:

I was adviced strictly not to travel in the Tube train after dusk. [Daily Mirror]

Officers from the sexual offence unit and drug unit also gave advise on crime prevention. [Fiji Times]

And these writers use advice and advise well:

Tour operators advise taking Canadian dollars, yet I am consistently receiving reports that would fly in the face of those recommendations. [Winnipeg Free Press]

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has offered a very sobering piece of advice on how regulators should go about preventing any future financial crises. [Sydney Morning Herald]

I am sure a lot of people who are far removed from the classroom will try to advise Emanuel on improving classrooms. [Chicago Tribune]

Officials say the advice has been reviewed and reissued because of increasing violence in the country. [BBC News]

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