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Advice or Advise? ~5 Minute Grammar Lesson

Happy Sunday! It’s time for another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson.

Advice or Advise? ~5 minute grammar lesson

Here’s are two commonly mistaken words that I have to think about to get the correct one:


AdviCe is a noun. It means opinion or suggestion: My friend gave me really good advice.

AdviSe is a verb. It means to offer advice: She advised me to trust my “mom sense.”

The way I distinguish between the two is to simply pronounce the word. AdviSe sounds like it has a “z” in it. I always pronounce the two correctly, so if I simply remember that AdviSe is a hard S (z sound) and AdviCe has a soft C (sounds like s), then I can get the two words right. (An S can sound like a Z, but a C cannot.)

That may be overly complicated; alternatively, you could just memorize the rule! There are many rules in English that must simply be memorized, unfortunately.

Do you ever confuse these two words? Might this advice be helpful? Or should I find another way to advise you? 😉

And that’s your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Have a great day.


  1. That's funny, Lisa! :-) Well, if it's any consolation to you, I didn't learn a lot of them until I started TEACHING my college classes...

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